Volvo was a brand that quick to commit to electrification, and has offered PHEVs for many years. With the launch of the new T5 ‘Twin Engine’ it means the brand now has a plug-in hybrid version of every model in its range.
The XC40 uses a smaller hybrid powertrain than the rest of the Volvo range – combining a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to produce a combined 258bhp. This makes it the most powerful XC40 offering.
A 10.7kWh lithium-ion battery enables the XC40 to travel just under 30 miles on electric power, along with impressively low claimed running costs – Volvo claiming it can manage 141.1mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 38g/km.
Low CO2 emissions will likely make this XC40 hybrid a popular choice with company car drivers, with the benefit-in-kind being much lower than the normal petrol and diesel models.
Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK’s Managing Director, said: “The introduction of the T5 Twin Engine brings our electrification programme to the heart of our model line-up, demonstrating our commitment to giving all our customers the best possible choice when it comes to powertrains that are both better for the environment and also practical for their lifestyles and driving requirements.”Se Available XC40 Deals
Prices start from £40,905 for the new model in R-Design trim, and rise to £42,305 if chosen in R-Design Pro or Inscription Pro specs.
Order books for the XC40 T5 are now open, with first deliveries expected in February 2020.