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New Volvo XC40: price, specs & release date

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2022 Volvo XC40 front-three quarter

The Volvo XC40 has been selling like hot cakes since it went on sale in 2018 and it’s now been given a refresh to keep it at the top of its game.

The BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque rival gets mildly revised looks, new trim levels, new prices and a refreshed engine range.

2022 Volvo XC40 profile

2022 Volvo XC40 price and release date

The majority of the updated Volvo XC40 range is already on sale, with trim levels including Start, Core, Plus and Ultimate replacing the Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim levels of the outgoing model. 

Start models aren’t yet available but will have an entry price of £26,485 when they go on sale in the coming weeks. They get kit including 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless start, rear parking sensors and all the safety kit you could hope for at this price point, including automatic emergency brakes and lane assist. It’s the only trim level to get Volvo’s 129PS T2 petrol engine and a six-speed manual gearbox.

Core models start from £34,100 but get more powerful engines and an automatic gearbox as standard. They have 18-inch wheels, glossy exterior highlights and roof rails. Inside, you get new trims, additional lighting, storage under the boot floor, a luggage net and shopping hooks. The boot lid opens and closes electrically, you get electrically operated rear child locks and adjustable front seat lumbar support. 

Plus models up the ante considerably in terms of equipment and start from £37,5000. Kit includes keyless entry and start, front parking sensors and a rearview camera, an electrically adjustable driver seat and seat extenders up front, the front and rear seats are also heated, as is the steering wheel and you get ambient interior lighting.

Plus models also boost safety kit. They have a bling-spot warning system that can steer you back into lane if you try to pull out in front of another car and can also brake if another car drives across your path. 

Ultimate models sit at the top of the range and command a minimum £43,325 price. For that, you get a full suite of autonomous driving modes, a full-length glass roof, 360-degree parking camera, a 600W Harman Kardon stereo, 19-inch wheels and matrix LED headlights that have a cleaning function.

2022 Volvo XC40 rear-three quarter

Facelifted Volvo XC40 themes

Chosen which new XC40 specification fits you best? Alas, you’re not quite out of the (configurator) woods just yet – you still have to choose on a theme. Called Bright and Dark, they let you pick between a luxurious chrome finish or deck your XC40 out in moody glossy black plastics. 

Bright models have a glossy-black grille with chrome inserts and chrome window trims, while the roof rails and boot trim are finished in high-gloss silver.

By contrast, Dark models’ grilles are made form high-gloss black plastic only, and the same material is used for the window trims and the wing mirrors are finished in black stone.

2022 Volvo XC40 dashboard

Refreshed Volvo XC40 exterior, interior and engine updates

You’ll need to be an ace police super spotter to notice a new XC40’s face in amongst a crowd of old models. Zoom in as far as your CCTV lens will allow, though, and you’ll see the new car’s slightly sleeker headlights and Thor’s Hammer motifs in the lower bumpers.

Around the sides, you get new alloy wheels, while at the back there’s a ‘smoothed-out’ boot lid. Inside, meanwhile, you get new trim finishes including a winter camouflage design that wouldn’t look out of place prowling the Russian/Ukrainian border. 

Slightly more substantial changes have been made under the skin where the old 163PS T3 1.5-litre petrol has been cast aside in favour of the all-singing-and-dancing mild-hybrid B3 petrol with the same power. 

It improves fuel economy and emissions (exact figures yet to be released) despite having a capacity that has been stroked up to 2.0-litres. It drops the 0-62mph time down from 9.6 in the T3 to 8.2 seconds. 

Finally, there’s a new 231PS front-wheel drive variant of the pure-electric XC40 Recharge model, which joins the line-up alongside the 408PS all-wheel drive (AWD) version and increases range from 257 in the AWD to 262 miles. 

We’ll have a review of the updated Volvo XC40 soon.

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Find a used Volvo XC40 for sale

The introduction of a new Volvo XC40 means now could be a perfect time to pick up a used example of Volvo’s pint-sized SUV, it’s an ideal choice if you want a roomy, comfortable and safe family car that’s relatively compact. 

XC40’s are extremely popular so even a well used example with nearly 100,000 miles on the clock will cost you £20,000. We would suggest hunting out a high-spec Inscription model with less than 30,000 miles under its tyres and Volvo’s economical D3 diesel engine under the bonnet. That’ll give you the full luxury feel of one of Volvo’s larger models, along with a mixture of punchy performance and strong fuel economy. 

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