VOLVO XC40 Estate running costs
The XC40 is priced relatively attractively for cash buyers and should hold its value extremely well – all of which means that PCP finance and leasing rates are fiercely competitive compared with a BMW X1 or Volkswagen Tiguan.
We’ve put the 2.0 D4 diesel, which includes four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox as standard, through our real-world True MPG economy tests; it didn’t prove spectacularly efficient, with a combined result of 35.4mpg, but it did provide a very low NOx reading, making it cleaner than even some current petrol cars. Competitive official CO2 figures mean that company car drivers will find its benefit-in-kind tax relatively affordable, too.
The entry-level 1.5 T3 petrol is worth a look if you mostly drive in town because it's by far the cheapest XC40 you can buy. Meanwhile, the 2.0 T5 is the least economical petrol in the range, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it if you don’t do lots of miles.
VOLVO XC40 Estate equipment
Because entry-level Momentum trim offers lots of goodies – including cruise control, keyless start, dual-zone climate control, a 9.0in tablet touchscreen, digital instruments, 18in alloy wheels, LED headlights and rear parking sensors – many people will be quite happy to stick with that. You can’t have it with our favourite D4 engine, though.
For that, you need the even better equipped, sportier but still reasonably priced R-Design. This adds seats trimmed in leather and nubuck, power-folding door mirrors, privacy glass and multicolour ambient theatre lighting. It's the trim we recommend.
The more luxurious Inscription model completes the range, and even this isn't exorbitantly priced relative to the competition.
Options worth considering include the Convenience Pack, for its extra practicality; the Intellisafe Pro Pack, for added safety and semi-autonomous driving tech; metallic paint, for better resale opportunities; as well as keyless entry and a power-operated tailgate.
VOLVO XC40 Estate reliability
The XC40 is too new to feature in our most recent reliability survey, but Volvo as a brand finished behind BMW and Volkswagen in a relatively disappointing 25th (out of 32 manufacturers).
A three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, including roadside assistance, is standard, as is a three-year paintwork warranty and 12 years of cover against rust. This is par for the course in the family SUV class.
VOLVO XC40 Estate safety and security
The XC40 is currently awaiting classification from Euro NCAP, but we have it on good authority that it will gain a top five-star rating. That’s in part due to the bundles of safety kit, including a standard automatic emergency braking system that not only recognises other cars but also cyclists, pedestrians and large animals.
Likewise, all XC40s come with traffic sign recognition and an Oncoming Lane Mitigation system, which can intervene if you inadvertently cross a road's centre line into the path of oncoming traffic. Meanwhile, blindspot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available as options; these are also part of the Intellisafe Pro Pack, which features a semi-autonomous driving function that can steer, accelerate and brake for you.
As is customary on cars of this sort, an alarm and engine immobiliser are fitted to boost security.
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