Volvo upgrades XC40 premium SUV

10 July 2019


VOLVO is gearing-up to introduce fully electric and hybrid versions of its immensely successful XC40 SUV model, with the petrol-electric versions due here early next year.

In the meantime the compact premium SUV range gets a raft of significant enhancements for the rest of 2019, including new engines, equipment upgrades and safety improvements.

The entry-level 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine gets a power boost to a new high of 163bhp.

It also now comes with the option of a sophisticated eight-speed automatic transmission in addition to the standard six-speed manual gearbox.

This means that the 0-60mph acceleration is reduced to 9.3 seconds, whilst economy rises to 40mpg. Another bonus is that, despite the additional power and enhanced performance, the all-important CO2 figures drop to 142g/km and 146g/km for the manual and auto models.

Another welcome development is that there is now a front wheel drive option for the two-litre four-cylinder petrol model, in addition to the current four wheel drive model.

The reduced drag enables performance to improve and economy to rise, whilst the price drops by £1,400 in comparison to the 4WD version.

In line with the R-Design grade’s sportier profile, all versions with an automatic transmission now come with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts.

Equipment changes include the addition of automatic-folding door mirrors, a 12-volt power outlet in the luggage compartment, a locking glovebox and a load protection net.

These are added to the standard nine-inch touchscreen, voice-activated control system, automatic LED headlights, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels and the Volvo On Call connected services platform.

Also new is a Winter Plus pack option, which adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats to the established Winter pack that comprises heated front seats, a heated windscreen, headlight cleaning system and heated washer nozzles.

Volvo is also introducing an upgraded Blind Spot Information System that automatically returns the car to its lane to help avoid the risk of collision with another vehicle in the driver’s blind spot.

To complete the updates there are three new exterior paint finishes including silver and two shades of grey.