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2021 (70/21) Volvo XC40 1.5 T4 Recharge PHEV R DESIGN 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


Electric front axle driveRecharging port located in nearside front wing
Sports chassis 


DAB Digital radioSteering wheel mounted remote controls

Exterior Features

Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lightsAuto dimming interior mirror
Automatic headlamp levellingBlack stone door mirrors
Black stone roofColour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
Dark tinted windows for rear door side windows and cargo compartmentDual integrated exhaust pipes with high gloss black surround
Front aluminium tread platesFront and rear electric windows
High gloss black front and rear skid plateHigh gloss black lower front bumper
High gloss black mesh front grille with high gloss black surroundHigh gloss black roof rails
High gloss black sensus surround decoHigh gloss black window trim
Home safe and approach lightingLED front fog lights
LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lightsRain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
Rear side wing doorsRear wiper
Roof antennaRoof spoiler
Visible VIN plate 

Interior Features

12V socket in front tunnel console and cargo compartment2 zone electronic climate control and rear air vent
3 seat bench in 2nd row60/40 split folding rear seat
Ambient front door and instrumental panel lightingCentre 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
Single front passenger seatSports Leather steering wheel
Sports pedalsUnderfloor cargo storage

Passive 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


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 


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 Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)300
Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change0-100Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW2.3
Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)180Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change0-100
Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW3.7Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb44
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEH42WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEL44
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb27.3WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEH26.1
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEL27.3 

Emissions - ICE

NOx0.01Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb48WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEH55
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEL47 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1477Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders3Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Number of Valves12TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEH2.4WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEL2.1
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEH117.7WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEL134.5


Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC1.5
Badge Power211Coin DescriptionT4 Recharge PHEV
Coin SeriesR DesignGeneration Mark1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0728EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage18000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1


0 to 62 mph (secs)8.5Engine Power - BHP211
Engine Power - KW155Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT181
Engine Torque - MKG25Engine Torque - NM245
Engine Torque - RPM1600Top Speed112

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front235/50 R19
Tyre Size Rear235/50 R19Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 DOUBLE SPOKEWheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Width (including mirrors)2034 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)48Gross Vehicle Weight2290
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1336Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)452
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 Plug-In Hybrid

By Jonathan Crouch


At the end of this century's second decade, Volvo introduced a range of 'Recharge' Plug-in versions of its little XC40 SUV. Buyers had the choice of a Plug-in Hybrid or a full-EV. It's the Plug-in Hybrid, sold between 2019 and 2023, that we look at here as a used buy.


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, which arrived in 2019. At the same time, for those who couldn't quite face the thought of going for an all-out EV (or shouldering that top variant's plump price), then Volvo introduced the Recharge Plug-in hybrid derivative look at here, hoping that it might be more palatable. This PHEV was originally offered in T5 form, but a more affordable only slightly lowered-powered T4 version arrived a year late and carried on selling when the T5 Plug-in was deleted in 2021. The T4 Plug-in sold until the end of 2023. On the used market, an XC40 Plug-in Hybrid will hardly be inexpensive, but it can offer up to 27 miles of all-electric driving before needing to revert to its 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.

What You Get

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 wanted it. So there's the usual XC40 '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. Inside, the cabin initially seems identical to that of an ordinary combustion-engined variant, which means there's a real premium feel. As usual with an XC40, there's a digital instrument cluster - you can vary it via 'Glass', 'Minimalist', 'Performance' and 'Chrome Rings' layout options. And the right hand virtual dial switches between being a rev counter (as it is in the 'Power' and 'Off Road' driving modes) to being and hybrid driving gauge (in the 'Hybrid' and 'Pure' mode settings). You have to look quite closely for this cabin's other EV-orientated touches; things like the extra 'B' option on the gearshift and the selectable 'Driver Performance' screen on the centre-dash monitor, that option showing a powertrain energy graphic. That centre-dash monitor, a 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. As mentioned earlier, impressively, unlike most PHEVs, the batteries used in this installation don't affect boot space (because they're lined along the car's spine, rather than under the rear floor). So the ordinary XC40 model's 452-litre luggage capacity figure is unaffected and will be quite sufficient for the needs of most owners.

What to Look For

There aren't many major issues here, other than a few electrical and software issues; go thoroughly over all the powered and infotainment functions of the car you're looking at. We've come across various powertrain and fuel system issues. And we've heard of failures with the starter motor, which can lead to noise or the engine not starting. There are various recalls you need to know about. The automatic emergency braking system required a software update for models built after January 2019. Make sure that this was done on the car you're looking at. A few cars built between December 2019 and February 2020 had an issue with nuts securing the brake booster: again make sure the recall was carried out if it applies. When the battery is on its way out, you'll obviously find that it won't go as far on each charge - and when it starts to run low on charge, you'll find that the car will particularly start to struggle going uphill. If the car won't charge, it could be a problem with your home electrics (or those at the public charge point you're using). Check the charge light to make sure that electricity really is going through the charge port. And make sure there really is charge in the socket you're using to power from - plug something else into it to see - say, your 'phone. If that charges OK, it could be that your charging cable is demanding too much power, so try another power source. Another problem could be that the circuit may have tripped due to a circuit overload. Or perhaps there could be a problem with the charge cable: this needs to be cared for properly. Repeatedly driving over it (as previous owners may conceivably have done) will damage it eventually. Make sure you do a charge-up before signing for the car you're looking at. When you do this, make sure that when you plug in to start the charge cycle you hear the charge port and the cable locking and engaging as they should; that's all part of the charger basically confirming with the car's onboard computer that everything's good to go before releasing power. But if the charging cable fails to lock as it should, then that won't happen. If there is a failure to lock, the issue could be actuator failure, caused by a blown fuse. Otherwise, it's just the usual things; look out for stone chips and alloy wheel scratches. And insist on a fully stamped-up service history.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2021 XC40 T5 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid ex VAT) A wiper blade will cost you from about £11 to around £34. Front brake pads sit in the £67 bracket; rears will sit in the £33 bracket. Front brake discs sit in the £58 bracket; a pair of rear discs are about £87. An pollen filter is around £18-£31.

On the Road

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 the 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 the 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.


For all of Volvo's trumpeted plans for electrification in this century's second decade, the truth was back at this PHEV XC40 variant's launch in 2019 that models from the brand that were truly electrified were making up a tiny part of its overall sales volume. That had to change - and this Plug-in Hybrid derivative played its part in that. For a PHEV of its period, you can't fault the engineering here - or the way that it's been incorporated into such a pleasing, practical and stylish overall design. If you want a compact, premium-badged SUV with plug-in tech from the 2019-2023 period, this one's well worth a look.


This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

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47 monthly payments of£430.50
Total amount payable£30,608.50
Fixed interest rate5.6%
Representative APR10.9%
Cash price£23,498
Credit amount£23,249
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge9.98p per mile
Completion fee£1
Optional final payment£10,125
Term (months)48

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