Posted on Sep 11, 2020 at 6:08 am
With a size reduced to 4.42 m long while preserving a beautiful living space, the XC40, especially in its hybrid version, is more than ever a Swiss army knife in the Volvo range. Especially since the arrival of batteries does not encroach on the capacity of the trunk (460 l) while the decoration remains just as attractive as for its thermal sisters (selected woodwork) even shimmering … Orange carpet for those who want!
Even if the seats of the big brothers XC60 / 90 envelop more, holding the wheel of the XC40 remains a nice moment, the whole embellished with a hybrid system which takes care of the acoustics, the driving smoothness and even… the budget. Available in two powers (T4 of 211 hp and T5 of 262 hp), the less powerful XC40 (T4), which does not lag behind (“only” 1.2 seconds apart from “zero to one hundred”; 8.5 vs 7.3), wins 2,000 euros in tax bonus!
A cable to take out of the trunk, one end to connect to the front right fender, the other to connect to a very stupid garage wall outlet and in one night you are off again for forty real kilometers without noise or worry at the only strength of the batteries. Ideal for daily journeys without carbon while preserving 600 km passable by activating the three cylinders whatever the selected power (T4 or T5); there is some bestseller in the air.
The fear with a plug-in hybrid: overconsuming on the highway where, once the batteries are exhausted, the cylinders roar … The XC40 Plug-In does not go to the extreme. On very long journeys, the 7 l / 100 km is thus not a mere sight of the mind. Doing better is even within the reach of those who adopt a moderate pace and know how to optimize their batteries.
Volvo XC40 Recharge T4 Registration
Power: 211 hp.
From 0 to 100 km / h: 8.5 s.
Length: 4.40 m.
CO2 emissions: 47 g / km.
Consumption: 2 l / 100 km.
Price: 49,450 euros.