Volvo Drive-E engines launched

Powerful Volvo Drive-E engines offer excellent economy and emissions

Volvo has launched a range of extremely economical Drive-E engines, which will give Volvo models class-leading economy. The new engines use a high-tech construction and sophisticated fuel system to micromanage fuel going into the engine, with impressive results.

The new technology means that a manual Volvo V40 D4 diesel qualifies for free road tax, while returning economy of up to 74.3mpg. What sets it apart from frugal rivals, such as the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion, is a generous power rating of 187bhp (compared to the Golf’s 109bhp). The new D4 can now be paired with Volvo’s eight-speed automatic gearbox, which allows it to return emissions of 109g/km and economy of 65.7mpg.

The D4 engine is available in the grippy four-wheel drive Volvo V40 Cross Country, where it returns emissions of 104g/km and economy of 70.6mpg, while the high-performance petrol two-wheel drive Volvo V40 T5 also gets the Drive-E treatment. That car now comes fitted as standard with the eight-speed gearbox, and returns 47.9mpg as well as emissions of 137g/km, which represent a £350 annual road tax saving over the old car.

Michael Fleiss, a VP at the Volvo Car Group, said: “The outstanding take-off and responsiveness of the Drive-E engines, combined with a smooth engine sound, will make the cars even more fun to drive, without compromising on modern customers’ demand for superb fuel economy and minimised CO2-emissions.”

Volvo has also taken the opportunity to announce its new Sensus Connect infotainment and sat-nav system, which will be fitted as standard to the Volvo V70, Volvo XC70, and Volvo S80 ranges. The cloud-based system offers 3D navigation, access to more than 100,000 radio stations, and a Bluetooth phone connection. When combined with Volvo On Call, it can also host an in-car WiFi hot spot.

A number of cosmetic changes will be made across the line up, too, starting with the V40 that’s now available with two new colours – Osmium Grey and Power Blue - as well as 17-inch Spider and 18-inch Tamesis alloy wheels. The V40 Cross Country, meanwhile, gets the same new colours and optional 19-inch alloys, while the Volvo S60, Volvo V60 and Volvo XC60 can now be specced with piano black wood trim, plus a Power Blue paint finish.

Finally, Volvo’s new Inscription trim option offers luxury fittings such as Soft Leather upholstery, a leather-covered instrument panel, deco inlays, and embroidered Inscription logos on the inside, while outside, there are three colour alternatives – Crystal White Pearl, Electric Silver and Ember Black, as well as 19-inch and 20-inch alloy wheels.

For all the latest reviews from across the Volvo range, visit the Carbuyer Volvo reviews page.

Recommended

Volvo V90 estate review
Volvo V90 cornering
Volvo V90
16 Mar 2021

Volvo V90 estate review

Volvo V90 owner reviews
Volvo V90 cornering
Volvo V90
16 Mar 2021

Volvo V90 owner reviews

Volvo teases new electric SUV and aims for EV-only range by 2030
Volvo electric car teaser image
Volvo
2 Mar 2021

Volvo teases new electric SUV and aims for EV-only range by 2030

2021 Volvo C40 Recharge arrives
2021 Volvo C40 Recharge - front 3/4 moving
Volvo
2 Mar 2021

2021 Volvo C40 Recharge arrives

Most Popular

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

What are Audi TFSI petrol engines?
Yellow Audi Q2
Audi
16 Apr 2021

What are Audi TFSI petrol engines?

Best new car deals 2021
Skoda Fabia
Deals
16 Apr 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Tips and advice
10 Nov 2020

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?
Tips and Advice
23 Mar 2020

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
24 Feb 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Best car interiors
Best cars
10 Mar 2020

Best car interiors

Best electric cars
Best cars
24 Dec 2020

Best electric cars

Best cheap-to-run cars
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
1 Feb 2021

Best cheap-to-run cars

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Hot hatches
9 Apr 2020

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks