The 2021 Volvo XC40

Published 11 March 2021
in New Vehicles
The 2021 Volvo XC40

When the description is both “refreshing” and “impressive,” we think it is definitely going to be worth a closer look. The new 2021 Volvo XC40 is this week’s Car Membership Team review.

We’re here to be your eyes and ears and bring you the most important intel across the ranges.

In what we’d class as an crowded segment of the market, the Premium Small SUV,  we’re looking this week at the Volvo XC40. You’ll likely have seen the rivals; the Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque, and Volvo are pitching to compete with these premium brands more than ever before.

Today we’ll give you the ‘must knows’ on this model as well as share the ‘good to knows’ with Zara Hammond, one of our product experts.

The New Model – What has changed?

  • The biggest change is that there are now no diesel-engined XC40s.
  • Second up is that there are now three types of engine/battery capacity
  • Mild Hybrid – a more efficient way – comes with an electric motor and a 48-volt battery to reduce the amount of work the engine has to do.
  • Plug In Hybrid – with up to 28 miles per charge and with 13% Benefit in Kind [what is BIK?]
  • Full Electric – with up to 257 miles per charge and with 0-2% Benefit in Kind
  • Visually there is also an updated, sleeker design.

What has not changed?

Volvo haven’t changed much in the size, plus they’ve kept their commitment to safety levels they are famous for.

The things that matter:

How big is the boot?

Not the biggest boot size in comparison to the XC40’s rivals, but the Volvo XC40 boot is 452 Litres. 

Allowing enough space for all normal sized prams and Golf Clubs on an angle. All have flat flooring and includes as standard space beneath to store extra bits like your umbrella or shoes.

How big are the cup holders?

The door pockets will both hold up to a 1.5 litre bottle, whilst the centre console will hold 2x couple of 1-litre bottles.

There is also a cost option to add another set of cup holders in the back seat.

What does each specification come with and how much do they cost?

The Volvo XC40 comes in 3 different specifications:

-       Momentum

-       R-Design

-       Inscription

If you are after a Mild Hybrid option, you will have the choice of all three levels of specification. The Mild Hybrid option is currently available in both Manual and Automatic transmission and All Wheel Drive options as well.

If you are looking at the Plug-In Hybrid option, you will have the choice of just R-Design specification and Inscription specification. The Plug-In options are only available currently in an Automatic Front Wheel Drive.

Finally, if you are looking the 100% full electric there is just one option – the XC40 Recharge.

In terms of what you actually get for your money for each of these specifications and the best value for your money, the Momentum spec is a great entry level model into the Volvo XC40.

Coming with 18” Alloys, Cloth Interior, a 12” Touch Screen Display and LED Headlights. The manual gearbox Momentum currently starts at £310 per month on our standard personal lease contract [what is this?] with 6 months initial payment, over 36 months with 8000 miles per annum.

From there we move to the R-Design model, the sportiest of the lot. With additional sportier trim’s, part leather seats, a sports chassis and privacy glass. Check out a review I did of the 2020 model (only minor interior changes!).  The R-Design currently kicks off at £330 per month on our standard personal lease contract with 6 months initial payment, over 36 months with 8000 miles per annum

Then we move up to the Inscription model, adding even more luxury and style. This model is less about sporty features, and more about class, with the additional of full leather interior. The Inscription currently kicks off at £380 per month on our standard personal lease contract with 6 months initial payment, over 36 months with 8000 miles per annum.

Our Pick and our recommendation?

Hands down, our top pick on the XC40 is the R-Design. It’s the sportiest specification and offers everything at an affordable price for a premium small SUV. The R-Design is currently available within 6 weeks of ordering as of early March 2021.

The only thing we’d recommend considering is adding either a Climate Pack to the car to ensure you get heated seats or steering wheel.  You could also add the Park Assist Package to ensure you have a Rear-View Camera. Rather frustratingly, Volvo don’t follow the lead of some other brands such as Volkswagen, and to get Apple Car play, you’ll need to add the Smartphone Integration to get this feature.

As usual, we recommend our industry unique, deep-dive Fact Find to kick things off, meaning you will always have an expert account manager to make the process of choosing your next car and finance simpler, faster and a lot more fun!

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