Volvo pol­ishes the XC40

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORING NEWS - by DAVID WHINYATES

IT’S won a string of awards and, since its’ launch in Fe­bru­ary last year, the Volvo XC40 has estab­lished it­self as one of the UK’S top sell­ing pre­mium com­pact SUVS de­liv­er­ing un­prece­dented sales growth for the Chi­nese-owned, Swedish brand.

But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be made even more de­sir­able and with, that in mind, Volvo is in­tro­duc­ing new pow­er­train op­tions and fea­tures and adding to the car’s al­ready gen­er­ous spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els.

The XC40’S 1.5-litre, three-cylin­der, T3 petrol en­gine, which was added to the range last sum­mer, ben­e­fits from an in­crease in power, from 156 to 163hp and is now avail­able with the op­tion of an eight­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing six-speed man­ual gear­box.

As a re­sult of the changes, the man­ual ver­sion’s 0-62mph time is cut from 9.4 to 9.3 sec­onds, while the smooth-shift­ing au­to­matic takes 9.6 sec­onds.

Ef­fi­ciency has also im­proved, with WLTP com­bined fuel econ­omy of be­tween 37.2 and 41.5mpg for the T3 man­ual, against fig­ures of 36.7 and 39.8mpg for the pre­vi­ous ver­sion. The man­ual car’s CO2 emis­sions are also lower, rang­ing from 142 to 146g/km, com­pared with 144 and 148g/km pre­vi­ously.

The two-litre four-cylin­der T4 petrol en­gine is now avail­able with two-wheel drive and is priced £1,400 below the equiv­a­lent all wheel drive ver­sion.

Sporty R-de­sign mod­els fit­ted with au­to­matic trans­mis­sion now come as stan­dard with pad­dle shifts while other ad­di­tions to the al­ready com­pre­hen­sive stan­dard equip­ment list across the XC40 range in­clude the ad­di­tion of auto-fold­ing door mir­rors, the ad­di­tion of a 12v power out­let in the lug­gage com­part­ment, a lock­ing glove­box and a load pro­tec­tion net.

And on the safety front, the XC40’S op­tional blind spot in­for­ma­tion sys­tem has been up­graded with a new func­tion which au­to­mat­i­cally ap­plies cor­rec­tive steer­ing to re­turn the car to its lane help­ing to avoid the risk of col­li­sion with another ve­hi­cle in the driver’s blind spot.

The XC40 range will soon ex­pand fur­ther with the in­tro­duc­tion of a T5 petrol-elec­tric plug-in hy­brid vari­ant with UK de­liv­er­ies slated to start in early 2020. Mean­while the up­dated cur­rent XC40 range is avail­able to or­der now, with on-the-road prices from £28,965.

The Volvo XC40.

Spec up­grades for the Volvo XC40.

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