Volvo XC40 SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
Alternative fuel versions are now in the range, but the petrol engines are thirsty
Plug-in hybrid versions of the XC40 will satisfy those looking for radically reduced running costs, although they're more expensive to buy in the first place. A pure-electric Recharge Electric model is also offered, which we've reviewed separately, with zero exhaust emissions and a range of up to 312 miles. In the meantime, there’s a range of conventional petrol engines that provide reasonable economy on a par with most rivals, while diesels have now been discontinued.
Volvo XC40 MPG & CO2
Where the petrol engines are concerned, the now-withdrawn front-wheel-drive T2 and T3 manual options return 37.2-40.4mpg and emit 158-179g/km for a high BiK band that won't necessarily suit company-car drivers. This is on a par with the 40.9mpg and 157g/km of the Audi Q3 with a 1.5-litre petrol turbo.
What’s surprising is that there are no fuel economy drawbacks with Volvo's newer B3 or B4 engines, even though they have more power and only come with an automatic gearbox, helped by the arrival of mild hybrid hardware. The now-discontinued B5 petrol engine returned up to 36mpg, which was better than the Jaguar E-Pace P250 and its figures of 29.4mpg and 185g/km of CO2.
The T4 and T5 Recharge plug-in hybrids officially return between 117.7-134.5mpg, although you’ll struggle to achieve anywhere near this figure unless you regularly charge the 10.7kWh battery pack and make mostly short journeys around town, where the electric motor can take care of most driving.
Recharge at home regularly and, depending on your driving habits, the plug-in hybrid could cost you almost nothing in fuel. It manages up to 28 miles of electric range and recharges in about three hours from a home charger using the optional 3.5kW Type 2 charging cable. Importantly, its CO2 emissions are 47-55g/km, making it an attractive option for company car drivers and granting the car access to low emissions zones for free. Remember that the 28-mile estimate is just that, and you may see fewer miles on a charge depending on your driving habits.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric comes with a much bigger battery (either 67kWh for the standard version or 82kWh for the Recharge Twin) and achieves between 290 and 334 miles depending on the version. We’d stick with the Single Motor rear-wheel drive model, because the Twin Motor versions with all-wheel drive are expensive (although their huge power output might be tempting). Both versions qualify for free VED (road tax) until 2025 and minimal Benefit-in-Kind tax for company-car drivers.
There’s also the sleeker Volvo C40, which only comes with electric power. It’s a bit more expensive, but its more streamlined shape helps to slightly increase range to a maximum of 342 miles.
Volvo discontinued diesel engines in late 2020 but previously the most economical engine and gearbox combination was the D3 manual, which could return around 50mpg while emitting 143g/km of CO2. The more powerful D4 came with four-wheel drive and an automatic as standard and was barely less economical than the similarly equipped D3 – as long as you don’t choose the biggest alloy wheels.
The B3 Core petrol sits in group 23, while the more powerful B4 in Ultimate trim is four groups higher. The range-topping Recharge Electric Twin Motor in Ultimate trim sits in group 42 out of 50. Volvo offers an 'all-in-one' subscription package called Care By Volvo. This rolls a lease payment on the car, plus the cost of maintenance and insurance cover for three drivers, into a single monthly payment.
Volvo provides a fairly typical three-year/60,000-mile warranty that can be extended if you’re prepared to pay extra. While it matches the Volkswagen Tiguan, it looks a bit stingy next to manufacturers offering longer cover periods for free.
It’s possible to spread the cost of servicing by signing up to monthly payments instead of being hit in the pocket at the garage. The aforementioned Care By Volvo package rolls the cost of servicing, insurance and leasing your XC40 into a single monthly payment, although service plans are available separately if you’re not buying or leasing your car through Care by Volvo.
Which Is Best?
- Name1.5 T2 Momentum Core 5dr
- Gearbox typeManual
- Name1.5 T4 RC PHEV Inscription Expression 5dr Auto
- Gearbox typeSemi-auto
- Name2.0 B5P R DESIGN 5dr AWD Auto
- Gearbox typeSemi-auto