2018 Volvo XC40

New Volvo XC40 compact SUV revealed: prices from £27,905

2018 Volvo XC40The new Volvo XC40 is the Swedish brand’s entry into the booming compact SUV sector, currently dominated by the Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque. Built on an all-new platform called CMA (Compact Modular Architecture), it’s a city-focused machine that joins the hit XC60 and XC90 to further expand Volvo’s appealing SUV line.

Prices start from £27,905 and ordering is already open, with first deliveries expected early in 2018. Volvo’s not stopping there, either – it’s introducing a new ‘car subscription service’ lease offer called Care By Volvo, that will let you own a car on a fixed contract for a set monthly fee, as ‘hassle free as having a phone’. 

Volvo is so bullish about this new initiative, it believes it will ‘reinvent the traditional model of car ownership’. 

2018 Volvo XC40

Distinctively styled, the XC40 successfully carries through the show car styling seen on the 2016 Volvo 40.1 concept. Its rear C-pillar is very striking, and bold body creases give it a characterful look. Volvo’s also offering it with colour schemes never before seen from the Swedish brand – anyone for China blue with a white roof?

2018 Volvo XC40

Inside, Volvo’s latest premium interior layout, with its distinctive portrait-style infotainment screen, is enhanced by “a radically new approach to storage”. The door bins are more practical, there’s stowage space beneath the seats, a waste bin in the centre console, and fold-out hooks for bags. Volvo’s even carved out a space just for smartphones, which can be enhanced with inductive charging. 

“The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction, said Volvo Cars president and chief executive Hakan Samuelsson. “It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up.”

Volvo XC40: engines 

2018 Volvo XC40

Volvo will launch the XC40 with five different engines, but all will be 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo motors. Three of then will be petrol – 156hp T3, 190hp T4 and 247hp T5 – and there’ll be two turbodiesels: 150hp D3 and 190hp D4. 

The T3 comes with front-wheel drive only. The D3 has a choice of front- or all-wheel drive; T4, T5 and D4 are all-wheel-drive only. You can have either manual or automatic gearboxes on lower-powered engines, while the more potent ones are all automatic.

What about hybrids? Nothing at launch, but expect them to follow later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo to come with the firm’s new fuel-saving three-cylinder engines.

Volvo XC40: specification

2018 Volvo XC40

The XC40 is offered in a core three-trim lines in the UK: Momentum (entry-level), R-Design (sporty) and Inscription (posh). All are well equipped, coming with nine-inch Sensus touchscreen infotainment, sat nav, LED headlights, 12.3-inch TFT instrument display, dual-zone climate control with an air-cleansing ‘CleanZone’ filtration system, plus rear parking sensors and 18-inch alloys.

Volvo also fits City Safety autonomous emergency braking to all XC40, and its potentially life-saving Oncoming Lane Mitigation tech. This senses if you steer out of your lane and into the path of an oncoming vehicle, giving steering assistance to help you move out of danger.

Momentum models are the most ‘expressive’, says Volvo: you can have black or white alloy wheels, contrasting white roofs, even eye-catching textile and vinyl interior upholstery. We can’t help but love the orange carpet seen in the images…

The R-Design is marked out by gloss black for the grille, door mirrors and front and rear bumper sections, plus a black roof. You get dual exhaust pipes at the rear, sports suspension and diamond-cut alloy wheels. A racy interior reflects this, with perforated leather steering wheel, aluminium dash inlays and leather/Nubuck seats boasting cushion extensions (like you used to get in 1980s Ford Escort RS Turbos).

The lavish Inscription is so upmarket, automatic versions even have a crystal gear lever from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors. Upholstery is full leather, the interior is decked out with chrome highlights instead of gloss black, and the dash carries smart driftwood inlays.

Go Pro

2018 Volvo XC40

Buyers can also pick Pro versions of each trim line. A Momentum Pro costs £1,550 more and adds heated front seats, a powered driver’s seat, heated windscreen and active bending headlights that avoid dazzling other drivers.

R-Design Pro costs £1,900 extra and includes all the above, plus 20-inch alloys. Inscription Pro costs £1,550 and adds 19-inch alloys and a powered passenger seat.

Every XC40 can also be equipped with Volvo Pilot Assist semi-autonomous tech: at speeds of up to 80mph, it can steer the car within a lane and maintain a set distance from a car in front.  

Volvo XC40: prices

2018 Volvo XC40

A front-wheel-drive 2.0-litre turbo T3 Momentum XC40, with 156hp, costs £27,905. The entry-level 150hp D3 diesel is £28,965, or £30,405 if you want all-wheel drive. R-Design models are £1,850 more, with Inscription versions commanding a £2,500 premium over base Momentum.

The most expensive XC40s will be the launch-special First Edition variants, offered either as a 247hp T5 petrol or 190hp D4 diesel. Based on R-Design Pro models, they add a punchy 1,200W 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, power tailgate, heated rear seats, wireless smartphone charging, Pilot Assist and Volvo’s Xenium Pack which combines a panoramic glass sunroof with automatic parking and a 360-degree surround-view parking camera.

A T5 AWD First Edition is £40,355; the D4 AWD First Edition creeps under the £40k barrier, at £30,305.

XC40hpOn-the-road price
XC40 Momentum range  
T3 FWD Momentum156£27,905
T4 AWD Momentum automatic190£32,055
D3 FWD Momentum150£28,965
D3 FWD Momentum automatic150£30,555
D3 AWD Momentum150£30,405
D3 AWD Momentum automatic150£31,955
XC40 Momentum Pro range  
T3 FWD Momentum Pro156£29,455
T4 AWD Momentum Pro automatic190£33,605
D3 FWD Momentum Pro150£30,515
D3 FWD Momentum Pro automatic150£32,105
D3 AWD Momentum Pro150£31,955
D3 AWD Momentum Pro automatic150£33,505
XC40 R-Design range  
T3 FWD R-Design156£29,755
T4 AWD R-Design automatic190£33,905
T5 AWD R-Design automatic247£35,705
D3 FWD R-Design150£30,815
D3 FWD R-Design automatic150£32,405
D3 AWD R-Design150£32,255
D3 AWD R-Design automatic150£33,805
D4 AWD R-Design automatic190£34,655
XC40 R-Design Pro range  
T3 FWD R-Design Pro156£31,655
T4 AWD R-Design Pro automatic190£35,805
T5 AWD R-Design Pro automatic247£37,605
D3 FWD R-Design Pro150£32,715
D3 FWD R-Design Pro automatic150£34,305
D3 AWD R-Design Pro150£34,155
D3 AWD R-Design Pro automatic150£35,705
D4 AWD R-Design Pro automatic190£36,555
XC40 Inscription range  
T3 FWD Inscription156£30,405
T4 AWD Inscription automatic190£34,555
T5 AWD Inscription automatic247£36,355
D3 FWD Inscription150£31,465
D3 FWD Inscription automatic150£33,055
D3 AWD Inscription150£32,905
D3 AWD Inscription automatic150£34,455
D4 AWD Inscription automatic190£35,305
XC40 Inscription Pro range  
T3 FWD Inscription Pro156£31,955
T4 AWD Inscription Pro automatic190£36,105
T5 AWD Inscription Pro automatic247£37,905
D3 FWD Inscription Pro150£33,015
D3 FWD Inscription Pro automatic150£34,605
D3 AWD Inscription Pro150£34,455
D3 AWD Inscription Pro automatic150£36,005
D4 AWD Inscription Pro automatic190£36,855
XC40 First Edition range  
T5 AWD First Edition automatic247£40,355
D4 AWD First Edition automatic190£39,305

In pictures: new 2018 Volvo XC40

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