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Volvo XC40

(2018 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

67
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

67
%
C

Eco Rating:

70
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

67
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

67
%
C

Eco Rating:

70
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

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 44 different reviews from the UK motoring media, as well as safety, emissions and running cost data, the XC40 sits in the middle of the premium small SUV class with an Expert Rating of B, and a score of 68% (as of January 2024). 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 £35,830 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

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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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Heycar

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Honest John

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Motoring Research

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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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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2018
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 97%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 71%
Safety assist: 76%

More safety recognition

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: T5 2.0 4×4 Auto

Overall score: 1 stars
Date tested: February 2019
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 6.8 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 2.3 / 10

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

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volvo XC40 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the XC40, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Diesel models49 mpgC48 – 51 mpgB – C
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models153 g/kmB152 – 192 g/kmB – C
Diesel models158 g/kmC143 – 170 g/kmB – C
Plug-in hybrid models48 g/kmA47 – 50 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models28 milesE27 – 29 milesE – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models29C18 – 42A – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£241B
Year 2£648C
Year 3£997B
Year 4£1,229B
Year 5£1,601B
Overall£4,716B

Running costs for the Volvo XC40 range are a mixed bag, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel economy is around the market average for diesel-engined versions – we are yet to receive consumption data for petrol-only and plug-in hybrid models.

The battery range of the plug-in hybrid model is rather poor when compared to most rivals, with a reported 28 miles of real-world all-electric driving.

Compared to the rest of the SUV sector, the car’s service and maintenance costs are pretty average. Insurance costs are pretty average too, based on data from the UK’s insurance group assessor, Thatcham Research.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volvo XC40 has received

2022

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for Towing
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Crossover
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV
  • What Car? Electric Awards – Best Hybrid Small SUV

2021

2020

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

2019

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

2018

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

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