The new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of Volvo’s well-received XC40 SUV is available to order now, with prices starting from £40,905.

Dubbed the XC40 T5 Twin Engine, the plug-in Volvo uses a 180hp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine (similar to that of the XC40 T3) joined by an 82hp electric motor powered by a 10.7kWh lithium ion battery.

Together, the two deliver a total output of 262hp, making it the most powerful XC40 available.

The conventionally-engined 2.0-litre T5 retains its crown as the fastest in the XC40 range, its 6.5 second 0-62mph time beating the 7.3 seconds of the T5 Twin Engine.

The XC40 PHEV is far more economical, though, with WLTP-certified fuel economy of 112.8 – 141.1 mpg and CO2 emissions from just 38 g/km.

The T5 Twin Engine’s party trick, however, is a near-silent, emissions-free, electric-only range of up to 28.6 miles.

Unlike Volvo’s larger T8 Twin Engine PHEV drivetrain, the XC40’s electric motor drives the front wheels only. Also different is the adoption of a new, seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission – its first use in a Volvo.

Charging is taken care of via a port on the nearside front wing and a supplied 4.5m cable with a three-pin plug, although other cables are available.

From the mains, the XC40 takes up to six hours to charge fully, although from a fast-charger a full battery can be achieved in around 2½ hours.

Business users will enjoy BIK tax rates of just 16%, while keeping the optional extras in check will allow owners to avoid paying road tax (VED) altogether.

For now, the XC40 T5 Twin Engine is available only in the higher trim levels – R-Design, R-Design Pro, Inscription and Inscription Pro.

Priced from £40,905, the XC50 T5 Twin Engine is available to order now with first deliveries expected in February 2020.

Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine Prices

XC40 T5 Twin Engine R-Design£40,905
XC40 T5 Twin Engine R-Design Pro£42,305
XC40 T5 Twin Engine Inscription£41,255
XC40 T5 Twin Engine Inscription Pro£42,305