Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

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 those of the BMW X1 and 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. With an average of 35.4mpg, it didn’t prove spectacularly economical but did provide NOx reading low enough to make it cleaner than some current petrol cars. Competitive official CO2 figures mean that company car drivers will find its benefit-in-kind tax relatively affordable, too.

However, if economy is of primary importance, the two-wheel-drive D3 with a manual gearbox is the one to go for. In fact, it's still impressively fuel-efficient with an an automatic gearbox, recording 42.9mpg in our True MPG test.

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. The T4 engine recorded a very disappointing 27.1mpg in our True MPG economy tests, but the 2.0 T5 is the least economical petrol model in the range on paper. That doesn’t mean you should ignore either engine if you don’t cover a high annual mileage, but just be aware they will likely cost a lot more to fuel than the diesel alternatives.

Use our True MPG calculator and see what your car really does to the gallon

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. 

Our recommended trim, though, is 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.

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 practical touches; the Intellisafe Pro Pack for added safety and semi-autonomous driving tech; metallic paint for a stronger residual value, and keyless entry and a power-operated tailgate.

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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 with a relatively disappointing 21st (out of 31 manufacturers) place finish.

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 received the top five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, earning high scores across the board. 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, every XC40 comes 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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Verdict

The multitalented XC40 is so good we named it our 2018 Car of the Year

  • Stylish and high-quality interior
  • Supple ride on most versions
  • Comprehensive safety kit
  • Surprisingly big boot
  • Lacks the flexible rear seats of rivals
  • Fiddly infotainment system
Trims
There are 6 trims available for the XC40 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
Momentum
This very well-equipped entry-spec model comes with cruise control, keyless start, dual...View trim
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Momentum Pro
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R DESIGN
Even better-equipped, sportier-looking and still reasonably priced, R-Design is our fav...View trim
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Inscription
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R DESIGN Pro
This model is based on the standard R-Design, but adds adaptive LED headlights, heated...View trim
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Inscription Pro
On top of the toys included with Inscription, the Pro version adds adaptive LED headlig...View trim
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