Volvo's progressive and wide-ranging electrification programme has delivered a second plug-in petrol-electric hybrid powertrain for the multi-award-winning XC40 compact SUV. The introduction of the new XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 increases customer choice and opens the highly efficient plug-in hybrid technology to a wider market. At the same time, two new mild-hybrid petrol options have been added to the range, in the form of the new XC40 B4 and B5.
With first UK deliveries of the new XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 scheduled for early 2021, the XC40 offers customers an exceptional choice of electrified powertrains: full battery-electric, petrol-electric plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid electrified petrol.
The new plug-in hybrid system combines a 129hp 1.5-litre petrol engine, an 82hp electric motor and 10.7kWh rechargeable lithium-ion battery to deliver an all-electric driving range of up to 27 miles, meaning typical commuting journeys can be completed with zero tailpipe emissions and no petrol consumption. Its seven-speed automatic transmission helps make driving the XC40 Recharge T4 easy, smooth and refined, while official WLTP data records CO2 emissions from just 47g/km and fuel economy of up to 134.5mpg.
This efficiency underpins the XC40 Recharge T4's low day-to-day running costs, while sub-£40,000 on-the-road prices mean it doesn't attract the additional £325 Vehicle Excise Duty payable from years two to six. For business motorists, the low CO2 emissions further attract competitive benefit-in-kind rates for company car tax. A rate of just 12% means a 20% taxpayer would pay as little as £78 a month.
The new powertrain joins the established Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T5 in the XC40 range and is available in R-Design and Inscription equipment grades, with front-wheel drive. Respective on-the-road prices are £39,130 and £39,475. The new versions are on sale now and first deliveries to customers are expected in October 2020.