Volvo XC40 receives powertrain and equipment upgrades

The Volvo XC40, already our favourite compact SUV, has received a number of equipment and powertrain upgrades.

The 1.5-litre three-cylinder T3 petrol engine sees its power output increased from 156 to 163hp, while the standard six-speed manual transmission is joined by the option of an eight-speed automatic.

The power boost shaves a modest 0.1 secs off the manual’s 0-62mph time to 9.3, while the automatic completes the same sprint in 9.6 seconds.

Economy has been improved, too, with the T3 manual recording 37.2 – 41.5 mpg under the new WLTP regime (up from 36.7 – 39.8), while CO2 emissions fall by 2 g/km.

Elsewhere, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol T4 – previously only available with all-wheel-drive – is now also offered in two-wheel-drive guise.  As well as saving £1,400 on the purchase price, the 2WD T4 is a little faster and a touch more economical.

Equipment levels have been enhanced across the range, with auto-folding door mirrors, a 12v power outlet in the boot, a locking glovebox and a rear cargo net.

R-Design models with automatic transmission now feature wheel-mounted paddle shifters as standard, while a new Winter Plus pack adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats to the existing tally of heated front seats, heated windscreen, heated washer nozzles and headlight cleaning system.

The XC40’s already impressive list of safety equipment grows slightly longer with an upgraded blind spot information system that features a Steer Assist function to apply corrective steering inputs to avoid a collision with a vehicle in the Volvo’s blind spot.

To round out the changes, three new colours have been added: Thunder Grey, Glacier Silver, and Pebble Grey.

A T5 Twin Engine plug-in electric hybrid will soon join the range, with first deliveries expected in early 2020.

Prices for the revised Volvo XC40 start from £28,965.