2018 Volvo XC40 D3 verdict
The Volvo XC40 is our reigning Car of the Year, but does a less powerful diesel engine and manual gearbox make it better or just cheaper?...
The D3 reminds us why the XC40 is our reigning Car of the Year. The more potent D4 engine is still a great choice, but for everyday driving, the D3 is punchy enough and a whole lot cheaper to boot.
Sure, the manual gearbox isn’t the nicest to use, but by opting for the well-equipped Momentum Pro trim with an automatic gearbox, you’re still quids in to the tune of about £3000 over the D4 R-Design. We look forward to trying that version, because it could very well represent the best blend of performance and affordability.
What Car? says...
Rated 4 out of 5
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2018 Volvo XC40 D3 specification
Price £29,910 Engine 4cyl, 1969cc, diesel Power 148bhp at 3750rpm Torque 236lb ft at 1750-3000rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual Top speed 124mph 0-62mph 9.9sec Economy 58.9mpg (NEDC average) CO2, tax band 127g/km, 30%