With its 81bhp electric motor and 10.7kwh battery, the XC40 can travel up to 28 electric-only miles before the 178bhp three-cylinder engine kicks in sending power to the front wheels. If regularly charged and use it mainly for short runs, it should cost relatively little to run.
The XC40 PHEV carries plenty of appeal as an ownership proposition, For a start it looks fantastic, the only change to the standard versions exterior is the addition of the charging point just over and to the rear of the front wheel arch. If you prefer a more comfortable ride choose the Inscription over the R-Design which is fitted with firmer sports suspension.
The cabin exudes a lounge-like feel, and there is an impressive sense of space in both the first and second rows, an elevated level of material quality gives it plenty of up market appeal. There’s plenty of adjustability in the front seats & steering column, with the result being a comfortable and commanding driving position with excellent allround visibility.
Preliminary WLTP data indicates CO2 emissions from just 38g/km and combined fuel economy of up to 141.1mpg, yet smooth performance with 0-62mph in only 7.3 seconds However you would have to be a doing a lot of short journeys on battery power to achieve the stated fuel economy.
Featured as standard for the first time in a new-generation Volvo model, is the new seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission.
The PHEV is offered in R-Design, R-Design Pro, Inscription and Inscription Pro trim levels. Generous equipment levels across the board major on seamless on-board connectivity, advanced comfort and convenience features, and cutting-edge safety aids.
A 4.5m cable with a three-pin plug is provided as standard, while a type 2/mode 3 fast-charge cable is available as an optional extra for £50.
Charging via the fast-charge cable will completely recharge the car’s high-voltage battery in as little as 2.5 hours. Fully charging via the three-pin plug cable takes between 3.5 and 6 hours.
Priced from £40,905 on-the- road (R-Design version) add another £1,400 for the Pro version. The Pro version includes the digital dashboard.
As for all Hybrids the XC40 offers a Tax efficient import option for residents in both the Bahamas & Cayman Islands
LANDED PRICES FROM
Bahamans: BSD$ 60,450. Includes Shipping*, Insurance, Duty, Processing fee & VAT @ £1 = $1.23
Cayman Islands: CI$ 47,000. Includes shipping*, Insurance, Environmental Fee & Duty @ £1 = CI$1.02
New Zealand: NZ$ 92,300. Includes Shipping, Insurance, GST & delivery to compliance @£1 = NZ$ 2.06
*Shipping quotes correct at date of publication & are subject to requote.