Volvo XC40 review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Ballpark fuel efficiency, with respectable CO2, but the real gains come with the Recharge plug-in hybrid and pure-electric versions
The XC40’s engine line-up comprises state-of-the-art motors, with a wide range of electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel engines. The efficiency figures on the XC40 are respectable for the class, but no better than that.
The cleanest XC40 is the Recharge P8 pure electric which emits 0g/km. Next up is the Recharge T5 hybrid model which emits 47g/km (upped to 49g/km in R-Design Pro spec). Outside of electrification, the most frugal is the diesel D3 in front-wheel-drive and manual-gearbox form. It emits 143g/km of CO2 and is capable of up to 51.4mpg on the combined cycle.
Switching to the higher-powered 187bhp diesel with four-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, sees the CO2 figure rise to 167g/km and a claimed economy figure of 44.1mpg.
As you might expect, the petrol XC40 takes a hit on fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions; at 158g/km in entry Momentum trim, the T3 probably has a big enough tax hit for lots of company car choosers to overlook it. In reality, it’s a very thirsty unit, too - we struggled to get mid-thirties mpg out of the T3 in our time behind the wheel. If you must have a petrol, the front-wheel drive B4 with mild-hybrid tech offers greater performance than the T3, and the same returns in real world economy.
Insurance groups for the XC40 range from Group 18 to Group 32. On a like-for-like basis, the Volvo is ranked slightly lower than its German rivals - not least helped because of the Swedish brand’s reputation for passive and active safety systems.
Volvo is currently on the crest of wave in terms of customer demand, and when you also factor in the strong desirability within the premium SUV market, and it's no surprise that the XC40 has some of the best residual values of any new car on sale, ranging from 55-59%. In comparison, the BMW X1 has residuals around 10 per cent lower than this.
In this review
- 1Volvo XC40 reviewThe Volvo XC40 is a comfortable and stylish small SUV that has some pleasing practical touches and a lot of Swedish cool
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe XC40 majors on comfort and refinement instead of entertainment, and it does so rather well
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingBallpark fuel efficiency, with respectable CO2, but the real gains come with the Recharge plug-in hybrid and pure-electric versions
- 4Interior, design and technologyBags of Swedish cool, with a clean, uncluttered design that still manages to incorporate some lovely practical touches
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceA well-judged amount of cabin space and a some neat features to help maximise boot space make the XC40 more than practical enough
- 6Reliability and SafetyA new platform but some proven engines should help to keep it reliable. Bags of top-notch Volvo safety kit on board, too