Volvo XC40 line-up boosted by new T3, T4 and D3 engines

Following on from the reveal of the Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine, the brand has revealed prices and specs for new T3, T4 and D3 engine variants

Volvo has confirmed prices and specs for the XC40 range, including the expansion of the compact SUV’s engine line-up. Joining the existing T5 petrol, D4 diesel, and a T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid revealed at the Beijing Motor Show are two more petrols and and a diesel model.

The petrol range kicks off with a T3; a model which we’ve already driven in the UK. It uses a 1.5-litre turbocharged three cylinder engine, which is in effect the plug-in hybrid’s powertrain minus the electrical assistance. It makes 154bhp, 265Nm of torque, accelerates from 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds, and is claimed to return 45.6mpg. It’s paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, while an eight-speed auto will be offered at a later date.

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Above that sits the T4 petrol; a 2.0-litre unit which is available only as an auto with four-wheel drive. The 187bhp output is enough for an 8.2-second 0-62mph time, and it hits 40.9mpg.

The new D3 diesel is available as both a front-wheel drive manual or an auto in a choice of front or four-wheel drive. It makes 148bhp and is backed up by 320Nm of torque, and covers the 0-62mph benchmark in 8.2 seconds. Combined fuel consumption stands at 58.9mpg when paired with the manual gearbox.

The XC40 is offered in Momentum, Inscription and R-Design trim levels, with ‘Pro’ versions of each. The entry-level XC40 T3 Momentum starts from £27,610, climbing to £37,620 for the T5 Inscription Pro.

The XC40 is the first car to utilise Volvo’s CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform developed in conjunction with the Swedish firm’s Chinese owner, Geely. Volvo claims that the XC40 borrows much of its technology from its 60 and 90 models, and the interior is the strongest evidence of that. The dash is dominated by the same nine-inch portrait touchscreen offering up sat-nav with an optional SIM card for real-time traffic data, advanced voice control and a host of web apps for increased connectivity. The ‘On Call’ smartphone app and emergency assistance system is standard on every car, too, allowing functions such as remote pre-cooling or heating.

The 12.3-inch TFT instrument display is also standard even on base Momentum models, which get LED headlights, 18-inch alloys, Volvo’s active air filtration system, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. Continuing the brand’s safety focus, also standard is emergency braking that can detect animals and pedestrians, and Oncoming Lane Mitigation which steers the car to keep you out of the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Buyers can upgrade to sporty R-Design spec (from £29,755) to gain gloss black styling details, a black roof, diamond cut or matt-black alloys, a mix of leather and nubuck upholstery on more supportive seats, and aluminium dash inlays. Top spec Inscription (from £30,405) comes with full leather, an electric tailgate, wood detailing and even a crystal glass gearlever.  

All trims can be specified in ‘Pro’ form, adding even more equipment including adaptive beam headlights. Further options include wheel sizes up to 21 inches, a 1,200w Harman Kardon stereo and the brand’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist driving feature.

The boot is 460-litres with the seats in place, with an underfloor storage area and a folding boot floor that doubles as a luggage divider.  

Volvo has also introduced a new scheme to make it easier to pay in instalments on an XC40. ‘Care By Volvo’ operates like a pay monthly phone service, with a transparent flat monthly fee nationwide, and extras such as a deposit, insurance and tax taken care of. Customers also get a new car every 24 months with the scheme.

A range of digital concierge services feature, so customers can arrange fuelling, cleaning and service pick-up times for their car. Care By Volvo subscribers will also be the only customers that can ‘share’ their car with friends and family via a digital key, although this service is yet to be available in the UK. Care By Volvo will initially only be available to buyers inside the M25, with T5 and D4 Momentum models available from £629 a month for 24 months.

Q&A with Ian Kettle, former Lead Exterior Designer, XC40

The XC40’s exterior styling concept was the work of young British designer Ian Kettle. We caught up with him for a walk around the vehicle.

What were your inspirations for this car?

Weirdly, I’d been watching some sci-fi movies – Oblivion and Elyisum – and there were some tough little robots involved. They inspired me to come up with this product-y design language, where all of the lines are resolved or where they all have a function.

Which was the hardest part of the shape to resolve?

Probably the bottom of the windscreen. As you know, this car’s platform is designed for lots of uses, so with an SUV – and this car had to be an SUV, not a crossover – we had to find a way of lifting the base of the screen up without it looking too obvious. I think we’ve done a good job of it.

You mention what this car had to be. What was the precise list of requirements?

It had to have a clear SUV identity, but also be youthful and, most significantly of all, definitely not simply a little brother to the XC90 and XC60. It’s a cousin, really; there are slices of the same DNA in there, but that’s all.

Which bit are you most proud of?

I really like the way we’ve inverted the grille. In the XC90 and XC60 it’s very proud and strong, but we’ve inverted it on the XC40 and it works really well, I think.

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