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2021 (70/21) Volvo XC40 1.5 T5 Recharge PHEV R DESIGN Pro 5dr Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display9" centre console portrait touch screen
Adjustable steering wheel forceBluetooth hands free telephone kit
Drive mode selectorLane keep assist with driver alert control
Oncoming Lane MitigationSensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
Speed limiterSpeed sensitive steering
Voice activated control for key functionsVolvo on call

Entertainment

DAB Digital radioSteering wheel mounted remote controls

Exterior Features

Active bending headlightsAdaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
Auto dimming interior mirrorAutomatic headlamp levelling
Black stone door mirrorsBlack stone roof
Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrorsDark tinted windows for rear door side windows and cargo compartment
Dual integrated exhaust pipes with high gloss black surroundFront aluminium tread plates
Front and rear electric windowsHigh gloss black front and rear skid plate
High gloss black lower front bumperHigh gloss black mesh front grille with high gloss black surround
High gloss black roof railsHigh gloss black sensus surround deco
High gloss black window trimHome safe and approach lighting
LED front fog lights with static cornering light functionLED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activationRear wiper
Recharging port located in nearside front wingRoof antenna
Roof spoilerVisible VIN plate

Interior Features

12V socket in front tunnel console and cargo compartment2 zone electronic climate control and rear air vent
60/40 split folding rear seatAmbient front door and instrumental panel lighting
Bright metal luggage thresholdCentre console cupholders and storage
Charcoal headliningDriver's side lower dashboard credit card storage compartment
Front door pocket and front cupholder illuminationFront footwell illumination
Front headrestsFront reading light and theatre lighting
Glovebox bag hookHeight/reach adjustable steering column
High gloss centre tunnel decoIlluminated glovebox
Illuminated luggage compartmentIlluminated tailgate
Illuminated vanity mirrorsIsofix attachments on rear seats
Key integrated remoteLeather gearknob
Load protection netMulti directional lumbar support
Multicolour theatre lightsRear armrest / integral cup holders / storage tray
Rear coat hookRear reading and courtesy lights
Sports Leather steering wheelSports pedals
Underfloor cargo storage 

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsCity safety includes pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection and front collision warning with full auto brake
Drivers knee airbagDual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Electronic parking brake with auto holdFirst aid kit
Front and outer rear seatbelt reminder and pretensionersFront seats SIPS airbags
Hill descent controlHill start assist
Inflatable curtainPassenger airbag cut-off device
Road sign information displayRun off Road Mitigation
Run off Road ProtectionSIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
Slippery road and hazard light alertStability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
Tyre pressure monitoring systemVehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
Warning triangleWHIPS whiplash protection system - front

Security

Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensorCare key with user defined top speed
Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windowsLocking wheel nuts
Private locking for tailgate 

Technical

Electric front axle driveSports chassis

Trim

Cutting edge aluminium inlay
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh10.7Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max16.8
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min15.5WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max3.7
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min4WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb44
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max42WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min44
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb27.3WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max26.1
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min27.3 

Emissions - ICE

NOx0.01Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb49WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max55
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min47 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1477Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders3Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTIONGears7 SPEED
Number of Valves12TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max2.4WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min2.1
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max117.7WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min134.5

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC1.5
Badge Power262Coin DescriptionT5 Recharge PHEV
Coin SeriesR Design ProGeneration Mark1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0732EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage18000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.3Engine Power - BHP262
Engine Power - KW193Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5800Engine Torque - LBS.FT195
Engine Torque - MKG27Engine Torque - NM265
Engine Torque - RPM1500Top Speed112

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTP 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front245/45 R20
Tyre Size Rear245/45 R20Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 DOUBLE SPOKEWheel Type20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1658Length4425
Wheelbase2702Width1910
Width (including mirrors)2034 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)48Gross Vehicle Weight2290
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1336Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)586
Max. Loading Weight549Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1741No. of Seats5
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo's XC40 Recharge Plug-in hybrid is a pricey but very complete product, thinks Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

We've known for some time that future Volvo products will all be electrified. Going forward, the only decision buyers of the brand will really have to make is whether they want to plug their cars in or not. Those who want to attach to the mains will be opting for one of the company's range of 'Recharge' models - either a plug-in hybrid of a full-electric variant. This was the first of the 'Recharge' models to be launched, the XC40 Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid.

Background

The XC40 compact SUV was the last of Volvo's models to get electrification, but it was also the first of the company's cars to get a full-EV electric version, the XC40 P8 Recharge. But if you can't quite face the thought of going for an all-out EV (or that top variant's price of well over £50,000), then this Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid derivative might be more palatable. At well over £40,000, it's still hardly inexpensive, but it can offer up to 27 miles of all-electric driving before needing to revert to its 178bhp three cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine. Compromises over the ordinary XC40 model are as few as the visual changes made and there are plenty of driving mode options to ensure that you can maximise the innovative powertrain's impressive efficiency.

Driving Experience

With this Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid FWD model, the hybrid system's electric motor drives only the front wheels and works via 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox. That motor draws its power from a 10.7kWh lithium-ion battery situated in the car's central drivetrain tunnel and will take over from the associated 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol engine to power this Volvo exclusively when you run it in this PHEV variant's provided full-electric 'Pure' driving mode. Most of the time though, you're going to be using this XC40 in its normal 'Hybrid' drive setting, in which the electric motor and the three cylinder engine cut seamlessly in and out, as required. The electrified modes have a specific right hand driving gauge in the instrument binnacle that replaces the rev counter. And a selectable 'Driver Performance' screen on the centre-dash screen can tell you at any given time what's being powered by what. Should you need to press on, there's a sporty 'Power' mode, use of which reminds you that there are plenty of braked horses on offer here, in the case of this T5 PHEV variant 180hp from the 1.5-litre engine and a further 82hp from the electric motor. There's also an alternative T4 Plug-in hybrid derivative which uses the same powertrain but with a slightly de-tuned 129hp version of the 1.5-litre petrol engine. Pushing down past the throttle's kickdown point always brings the petrol engine into play - which you'll obviously need to do if you want to replicate the quoted performance figures; in the case of this T5 PHEV variant, these see 62mph reached in 7.3s, 1.2s quicker than the T4 PHEV version. Both derivatives, like all modern Volvos, top out at 112mph. With this Plug-in model, as with ordinary XC40 variants, ride quality is segment-leading and refinement is difficult to beat in the class too. The brake recuperation system can make it difficult to smoothly bring the car to a standstill though. And you certainly feel this plug-in variant's extra weight (it tips the scales at over 1,800kgs) when pushing on through the bends. Unlike the full-electric P8 variant of this model, this version doesn't have an AWD drivetrain, but Volvo nevertheless, rather ambitiously, provides an 'Offroad' option amongst your various driving mode choices. Unless you find yourself in a muddy carpark, it's probably best to ignore that one.

Design and Build

Visually, unless you happened to pick up the addition of a charging port near the front wheel arch, you probably wouldn't spot any differences between this Plug-in hybrid variant and a more conventional XC40 - and that's exactly the way Volvo wants it. So there's the usual 'robot-inspired' styling, plus piercing 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights and a clamshell bonnet, along with an inverted front grille and coupe-like rear styling. This Hybrid model's entire powertrain is located under the bonnet, rather than being spread around the car, as was the case with the industry's earlier Plug-in cars. The benefit of that is that cabin room and boot space are completely unaffected by the addition of this car's 'Recharge' technology. Inside, the dash is identical to that of an ordinary combustion-engined variant, save for a few EV-specific electronic gauges. These days, the infotainment system - which works through the standard 9-inch central touchscreen - is powered by Android, which means you get a raft of over-the-air Google features, including Maps and YouTube Music built in. Rear seat room has always been an XC40 strongpoint - it beats most class rivals in this regard: two adults will be very comfortable, even on longer trips. But boot space isn't huge, though the 460-litre capacity figure will probably be quite sufficient for the needs of most owners.

Market and Model

Plug-in Hybrid tech remains pricey: there's no other way of saying it and of course these days, there's no helpful government grant to ease the burden of it a little. The least you can pay for this XC40 Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid FWD Automatic model is around £41,000. It's slightly less powerful T4 Plug-in hybrid showroom stablemate costs from around £39,000 - and that price reduction is quite important because it means you'll avoid the Vehicle Excise Duty Surcharge that applies over the £40,000 price point. In the case of this T5 PHEV variant, the asking figures equate to a price premium of just over £3,000 over the alternative B5 250hp mild hybrid petrol model. For T5 Plug-in hybrid customers, there's a choice of four trim levels - 'R-Design', 'R-Design Pro', 'Inscription' or 'Inscription Pro', that top variant priced at well over £42,000. For your information, the next stage of electrification represented by the full-electric P8 Pure XC40 model costs around £53,000. The 'R-Design' trimmed variants get gloss black styling details including a contrasting colour black roof, plus diamond-cut or matt black alloy wheels, part-leather seats and aluminium dash inlays. Top-spec 'Inscription' versions meanwhile, enjoy full-leather upholstery, an electric tailgate, wood detailing and a crystal glass gearlever. As ever with Volvo, a key focus is safety. An autonomous braking system is standard-fit and this system can specifically detect people and animals. There's also an 'Oncoming Lane Mitigation' set-up that not only stops you from pulling out into the path of an oncoming vehicle but can also steer you away from such an impact. Pilot Assist, Volvo's innovative semi-autonomous drive feature, is an optional extra on every XC40, as is 'Run-off Road Protection and Mitigation'. And Cross Traffic Alert with brake support', which warn you of oncoming vehicles when you're reversing out of a space.

Cost of Ownership

All the efficiency figures for this T5 Plug-in hybrid are also exactly replicated by the alternative T4 Plug-in hybrid variant: let's take a look at them. Volvo claims a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of between 26.1 and 27.3 miles, the kind of typical figure claimed by most Plug-in Hybrids. And, as with most Plug-in Hybrids, the actual real-world result you'll probably get while driving normally is much closer to the 20 mile mark. Accept that at the outset, otherwise, you'll end up disappointed. Like all cars of this kind, unless you regularly plug in, all you'll be driving is a relatively thirsty high-output petrol model. You'll want to tick the box for the £50 optional 3.5kWh Type 2 charger and with this in place, a full charge takes about 3 hours. The fantasy land official quoted efficiency stats are up to 135.5mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 47g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. The important thing is though, that the government believes them, hence this model's low 16% Benefit-in-Kind taxation rate - a major incentive for business purchase. Volvo also throws in a year's free electricity usage. Insurance for the T5 PHEV is group 32E: it's group 28E for the T4 PHEV variant. Maintenance should be relatively affordable for a car of this kind, with three or five year pre-paid servicing packages are available to help you budget ahead. If you pay extra for the useful 'On Call with App' remote connectivity system, this Volvo can be programmed to autonomously realise when a service is due, then automatically book it for you at a dealership of your choice. Finally, we'll tell you that the warranty is the usual three year, 60,000 mile package.

Summary

For all of Volvo's trumpeted plans for electrification, the truth is that up until now, models from the brand that are truly electrified have made up a tiny part of its overall sales volume. That has to change - and will with the introduction of models like this one. The company's short term aim is for Plug-in Hybrids to quickly make up 20% of its sales volume and you have to think that most of that total needs to be accounted for by this Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid derivative and its T4 Plug-in stablemate. Given the prices being asked here, that might be a challenging goal for the company to reach, but you can't fault the engineering here - or the way that it's been incorporated into such a pleasing, practicality and stylish overall design. If you want a compact, premium-badged SUV with plug-in tech, this is where it's at right now.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
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Space
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Styling
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Build
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Value
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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Monthly payment£756.90
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£43,498
Credit amount£43,249
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£18,450
Total amount payable£54,274.30
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge22.0p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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