How to spec a Volvo XC40

Our guide to Volvo's family SUV covers which version to buy, which options to choose and how much to pay for it all...

Volvo XC40 options to choose and avoid

How to spec a Volvo XC40

In the fiercely competitive world of family SUVs, the Volvo XC40 is one of the very best around. It’s a former What Car? Car of the Year, and impresses with its practical, high-quality interior and impressive array of safety kit.

Which engine you end up choosing will, of course, depend on your circumstances. We think the 1.5-litre petrol engine in the T3 will suit most buyers just fine, but there's also the D3 diesel engine for high-mileage drivers and the T5 Recharge plug-in hybrid option if you want to be green (and are prepared to pay the extra).

Our full 16-point review tells you everything you need to know about the car itself. But here we're focusing on what options you should add to our recommended R-Design trim.

Volvo XC40 options to choose

Volvo XC40 heated seats

1. Climate Pack (£775)

Volvo's Climate Pack is a real bargain, especially if you value keeping warm on cold winter days. As well as heated front and rear seats, this pack also includes a heated steering wheel to keep your hands warm, heated washer jets to clear away any lingering ice or grime, and a heated front windscreen to clear the morning frost as fast as possible.

Volvo XC40 options to choose

Volvo XC40 versatility pack

2. Versatility Pack (£475)

Convenience is the name of the game here, because this pack makes life with your XC40 as easy as possible. Keyless entry and hands-free tailgate opening are included, for example, as is extra storage space under the driver's seat, and a handy net to hold your groceries securely in the boot.

Volvo XC40 options to choose

Volvo XC40 smartphone mirroring

3. Smartphone Mirroring (£300)

If you need to use your XC40 as a mobile office, then you'll be glad that both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are available for a reasonable price. This upgrade also gets you an extra USB charging point, so nobody has to worry about running out of juice.

Volvo XC40 options to choose

Volvo XC40 child lock

4. Power Child Locks (£85)

As a family SUV, chances are that most XC40s are at some point going to carry children in the back. That means lots of poking and prodding from little fingers, so the ability to lock the rear doors and windows from a button by the driver – as with this upgrade – is a boon. It only costs £85, too.

Volvo XC40 options to choose

Volvo XC40 metallic paint

5. Metallic paintwork (£575)

Metallic paintwork adds both visual distinction and value to your car, and with the XC40 there are four colours to choose from to upgrade from the standard solid black paintwork. You can pay more (£850) for premium metallic paintwork, but we think it’s better to save your money.

Volvo XC40 options to avoid

Volvo XC40 roof spoiler

Roof Spoiler (£300)

This option is purely designed to make your XC40 look as sporty as possible, and since our recommended R Design trim level does much of that job anyway, we'd pocket the £300 needed for this upgrade.

Volvo XC40: best buy

  • Model - T3 R-Design Geartronic 
  • List price - £33,010
  • Target Price - £30,941
  • Target PCP - £295 per month
  • Options we'd add - Climate Pack (£775), Versatility Pack (£475), Smartphone Mirroring (£300), Power Child Locks (rear doors) (£85), Metallic paintwork (£575)
  • Cost of options - £2210

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