Volvo XC40

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Volvo XC40
2018 Volvo XC40 First Edition T5 AWD Automatic 2.0 Front.jpg
ManufacturerVolvo Cars
ProductionNovember 2017–present
Model years2018–present[1]
  • Ian Kettle[2]
  • Thomas Ingenlath
Body and chassis
Classcompact luxury crossover SUV[3]
Body style5-door SUV
PlatformCMA platform
RelatedLynk & Co 01
  • Petrol:
  • 1.5L I3
  • 2.0L I4
  • (115kW–185kW)
  • Diesel:
  • 2.0L I4
  • (110kW–140kW)
Wheelbase2,702 mm (106.4 in)[1]
Length4,425 mm (174.2 in)[1]
  • 1,863 mm (73.3 in)
  • 2,034 mm (80.1 in) with mirrors
Height1,652 mm (65.0 in)
Curb weight1,497–1,733 kg (3,300–3,821 lb)

The Volvo XC40 is a subcompact luxury crossover SUV[3] manufactured by Volvo Cars. It was revealed on 21 September 2017. Orders started in September of 2017, and manufacturing began in November 2017.

The XC40 was named Car of the Year by the magazine What Car? in January 2018,[4] and it was given the European Car of the Year award at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.[5] The XC40 was also awarded Carsales Car of the Year in 2018.[6] The company plans to increase their production across 2018 to 2019 to meet global demand.

Concept 40.1[edit]

A concept car called Concept 40.1 was originally designed by Thomas Ingenlath and unveiled in 2016. This prototype in engineering was a historic event in Volvo car history as it was the first five-door compact SUV released by Volvo[1].

Ingenlath’s 40.1 concept car was the overarching inspiration for the 40 series models. The new concept vehicle represented a shift in thinking for Volvo’s approach to vehicles[7]. By focusing on compact crossover models, this concept vehicle illustrates the potential for the Volvo XC40 and potential other compact vehicles[7].

The change in design championed the development of luxury compact SUV’s and sedans within the Volvo range. With innovative practices like using the compact modular architecture platform, Volvo ensured that their latest additions have been specifically tailored to smaller vehicles.

The compact modular architecture platform allows for aesthetics of the exterior and interior to be altered while maintaining a sense of quality amongst all variants of cars.[clarification needed] This process started with the XC40 and the XC90 and will continue to be used across select Volvo models[8].


Rear view

The XC40 is the first Volvo to utilise the new CMA platform, to be shared by future compact Volvos, Geely[9] and models of Lynk & Co, and is celebrated for its take on the luxury compact SUV. The optimisation of space within the interior of the car is regarded as a pivotal feature of the XC40 due to its increase in boot space.

The XC40 is powered through the front wheels and AWD by Volvo's new 1.5 litre three cylinder and existing 2.0 litre four cylinder engines, in both diesel and petrol variants. As of 2019 a FWD plug-in hybrid named "T5 Twin Engine" is also available, combining a 180PS petrol version of the 1.5 litre with a 74PS electric motor. Starting in 2020, an all-electric variant will be available in select markets[10], presumably using the same powertrains and batteries as its sister model Polestar 2, which in turn is based on the 40.2 concept car.

With advancements in technology, aspects like the Intellisafe feature have been installed within the Volvo XC40. This technology is designed with the intention of preventing run off road accidents. By using the car's advanced sensory system, the technology can detect potentially fatal scenarios such as run off road protection.

Safety belts are also capable of being automatically adjusted throughout these moments of impact while energy absorbing seat frames and seats are in place to prevent spine injuries. This technology was created based on real life data, and various crash test track methods such as: ditch, airborne and rough terrains [11]

The XC40 debuted for the Canadian market at the 2018 Montreal Auto Show.[12] The Volvo XC40 officially won the European Car of the Year in 2018.[13]


Petrol engines
Model Engine code Year(s) Power at rpm Torque at rpm Displacement Comment
T3 B3154T 2018–present 156 PS (115 kW; 154 hp) at 5000 265 N⋅m (195 lb⋅ft) at 1850–3850 1,477 cc (90.1 in3) Inline 3 with turbocharger
  • T4
  • T4 AWD
B4204T47 2018–present 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) at 5000 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 1300–4000 1,969 cc (120.2 in3) Inline 4 with turbocharger
T5 AWD B4204T14[14] 2017–present 247 PS (182 kW; 244 hp) at 5500 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1800–4800 1,969 cc (120.2 in3) Inline 4 with turbocharger
T5 AWD B4204T36[14] 2017–present 249 PS (183 kW; 246 hp) at 5500 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1800–4500 1,969 cc (120.2 in3) Inline 4 with turbocharger
T5 AWD B4204T18[14] 2017–present 252 PS (185 kW; 249 hp) at 5500 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1500–4800 1,969 cc (120.2 in3) Inline 4 with turbocharger
Diesel engines
Model Engine code Year(s) Power rpm Torque rpm Displacement Comment
  • D3
  • D3 AWD
D4204T9 2018–present 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 3750 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 1750–3000 1,969 cc (120.2 in3) Inline 4 with turbocharger
D4 AWD D4204T12[14] 2017–present 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) at 4000 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 1750–2500 1,969 cc (120.2 in3) Inline 4 with twin turbochargers

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Women’s World Car of the Year 2018


  1. ^ a b c d "Volvo XC40 - Prisjlijst Modeljaar 2019" [Volvo XC40 price list model year 2019] (PDF). (Brochure) (in Dutch). Volvo Cars NL. October 2017. pp. 14–15. Archived from the original on 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2017-10-16. File Date: 23 April 2018
  2. ^ Douglas A. Bolduc (21 September 2017). "Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
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  4. ^ "Volvo XC40 crowned What Car? Car of the Year 2018 – the diesel SUV beats off rivals for title". 23 January 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  5. ^ Neil Winton (6 March 2018). "Volvo XC40 SUV Wins Car Of The Year Award At Geneva Show". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  6. ^ carsales, carsales (14 November 2018). "Volvo XC40 wins carsales Car of the Year for 2018". Carsales. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  7. ^ a b Kez Casey (18 May 2016). "2018 Volvo XC40 And S40 Forecast By New 40.1 And 40.2 Concepts". The Motor Report. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  8. ^ "Volvo Cars' new global compact car range to be built on innovative architecture". Volvo Car Corporation. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  9. ^ John McIlroy (18 May 2016). "New Volvo V40, S40 and XC40 previewed by 40.1 and 40.2 concept cars". Archived from the original on 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2016-10-25. Anti-Adblock may inhibit viewing of archive
  10. ^ "Volvo confirms an all-electric XC40 compact SUV is coming". Electrec. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  11. ^ "Intellisafe" (PDF). Volvo Car Corporation. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  12. ^ Guillaume Rivard (23 January 2018). "The 2019 Volvo XC40 introduced at Montreal Auto Show". Retrieved 2018-04-20.
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  14. ^ a b c d "Volvo XC40 Betriebsanleitung MY18" [Volvo XC40 owner's manual MY18] (PDF). (in German). Volvo Car Corporation. 2017. p. 652. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-05-22. Retrieved 2018-05-22.