Initially, the only engine options are a pair of four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbos: a 247bhp petrol (badged as the T5) and a 187bhp diesel (D4). However, the range will quickly expand to include a 187bhp petrol and a 148bhp diesel. A small, frugal three-cylinder petrol will also arrive in 2018, while hybrid and fully electric XC40s are part of the longer-term plan.
Both of the launch engines get four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard and both can whisk you up to speed easily enough, although it’s the diesel that’s stronger at low revs and the petrol that’s ultimately the livelier and faster of the two.
The auto gearbox can feel a little hesitant when you want a quick burst of acceleration off the line but is generally smooth thereafter.