Volvo XC40 review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Volvo XC40 2022 interior rear seats
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  • Volvo XC40 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volvo XC40 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volvo XC40 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volvo XC40 2022 left tracking
  • Volvo XC40 2022 front cornering
  • Volvo XC40 2022 rear cornering
  • Volvo XC40 2022 interior front seats
  • Volvo XC40 2022 boot open
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  • Volvo XC40 2022 rear cornering
  • Volvo XC40 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volvo XC40 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volvo XC40 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volvo XC40 2022 left tracking
  • Volvo XC40 2022 front cornering
  • Volvo XC40 2022 rear cornering
  • Volvo XC40 2022 interior front seats
  • Volvo XC40 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

As premium family SUVs go, the Volvo XC40 is priced attractively and should hold its value well – even compared with the Range Rover Evoque. Slow depreciation also means the XC40's PCP finance deals are usually competitive.

The best version for company car drivers is the fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric (which we've reviewed separately). If you don't want to go down that route, the plug-in hybrid Recharge T4 and T5 are your next best options, with official CO2 emissions from just 47g/km with our preferred T4. These plug-in hybrid versions are more expensive to buy outright or on finance than an equivalent Ford Kuga PHEV, but do undercut the Range Rover Evoque P300e.

Many buyers will find that enough, but our favourite trim is the even better equipped Plus. It's still reasonably priced while adding heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and ambient interior lighting.

Luxurious Ultimate trim completes the line-up, adding a Harman Kardon sound system, tinted rear windows, a sunroof and 19in wheels, and even this isn't exorbitantly priced relative to the premium competition.

Volvo XC40 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

As a brand, Volvo finished 19th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. However, the XC40 itself was one of the most dependable family SUVs in the survey.

Overview

The Volvo XC40 blends generous passenger space and a practical boot with a quality interior and top-notch safety. That makes it a hugely desirable product backed up with real substance. The T4 plug-in hybrid is a great choice for both private buyers and company car drivers.

  • Stylish and high-quality interior
  • Comfortable ride on most versions
  • Comprehensive safety kit
  • Lacks the rear seat flexibility of some rivals
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Road noise on the motorway
New car deals
Save up to £1,517
Target Price from £26,515
Save up to £1,517
or from £307pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £32,000
Leasing deals
From £399pm