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Volvo XC40

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Summary


The Volvo XC40 is a small SUV/crossover, and the first generation of its kind from Volvo. It has won several awards, including European Car of the Year in 2018.

Based on 39 different reviews from the UK motoring media that we have analysed to date, the XC40 sits at the top of the premium small SUV class with an Expert Rating of 78%. It has also received numerous awards from around the world, including the 2018 European Car of the Year.

The XC40 range is available with either a petrol engine or plug-in hybrid powertrain. A diesel engine was previously offered but has been dropped, while a fully-electric version called the XC40 Recharge joined the range in early 2021. We have a separate page for that model. Confusingly, the ‘Recharge’ name is also used for the plug-in hybrid versions.

The Volvo XC40 has received particular praise for its build quality, refinement, styling and extremely high safety standards. The main criticisms have related to its fairly average driving dynamics and an underpowered entry-level T3 petrol engine.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the petrol-engined versions of the Volvo XC40 ranked 22nd, while diesel versions ranked equal 39th.

Key specifications


Body style: Compact SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £25,855 on-road

Launched: Winter 2017/18
Last updated: Summer 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mail

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Eurekar

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2018

97%

ADULT OCCUPANT

87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

71%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

76%

SAFETY ASSIST

More safety recognition

Eco rating


Model tested: T5 2.0 4×4 Auto
Date tested: February 2019

6.8 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

2.3 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

The petrol-engined Volvo XC40 T5 was tested by Green NCAP in 2019, and the score above relates only to that engine.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volvo XC40 has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Crossover
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Medium SUV
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Hybrid Small SUV

2020

  • Auto Express Driver Power – Best Premium Small SUV
  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Hybrid
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Crossover

2019

  • Business Car Awards – Best Compact SUV
  • Honest John AwardsCar of the Year + Best Premium Crossover
  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Small Hatch
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV
  • News UK Motor Awards – Small SUV/Crossover of the Year
  • Fleet News AwardsNew Company Car of the Year
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Crossover
  • Motor Trader Awards – New Car of the Year
  • Towcar of the Year Awards – Overall winner + Winner, Caravan Weight 1,350 – 1,500kg category

2018

  • European Car of the Year
  • Car of the Year Japan
  • What Car? AwardsCar of the Year + Best Family SUV
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Small Premium SUV
  • Autocar Awards – Game Changer
  • BBC Top Gear Magazine Awards – Best Sensible SUV
  • DieselCar and EcoCar Top 50 AwardsCar of the Year + Best Medium SUV
  • BusinessCar AwardsNew Company Car of the Year + Best Compact SUV
  • Women’s World Car of the Year – Supreme Winner
  • Tow Car Awards – Best Family SUV
  • Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year – Winner, Caravan Weight 1,350 – 1,500kg category

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