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New Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid launched

Car Buyer logo Car Buyer 6 days ago Ben Custard
a car parked in a parking lot: Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid © Carbuyer Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid

The Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid model is now available to buy. Promised since the XC40’s launch, the hybrid model slots in at the top of the engine range. Cars with this powertrain start at £40,905 in R-Design trim or £42,305 if you choose the Inscription Pro model. First customer deliveries start in February 2020.

The T5 Twin Engine uses a 178bhp three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to produce a total of 258bhp, making it the most powerful model in the XC40 range. The T5 Twin Engine gets from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds as a result - although the petrol-only T5 with four-wheel drive is still the quickest model at 6.5 seconds. A new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is standard in the T5 hybrid.

The T5 Twin Engine is far more economical than the four-wheel-drive petrol T5. Thanks to a 10.7kWh battery, it can travel for up to 28.6 miles on electric power alone and, combined with the petrol engine, it returns a claimed 141.1mpg. As with most plug-in hybrids, it’ll prove more economical for lower-mileage drivers; the diesels will be better for regular motorway trips. As company-car tax is based on recorded CO2 emissions - just 38g/km for the XC40 hybrid - the car falls into a low tax band.

a car parked on the side of a road: Volvo XC40 hybrid rear side view © Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited Volvo XC40 hybrid rear side view

Volvo only includes a standard three-pin charging cable as standard but a fast-charging cable is available and costs £50. It tops up the battery in 2.5 hours, compared to up to six hours if you use a regular household socket.

You can choose the plug-in hybrid model in sporty R-Design and R-Design Pro, and luxurious Inscription and Inscription Pro trim levels. The specs are mostly carried over from the rest of the updated XC40 range, so the hybrid in £40,905 R-Design guise includes leather upholstery, tinted windows, a sporty appearance and a nine-inch portrait touchscreen.

Inscription, from £41,255, includes a powered driver’s seat and tailgate, front parking assistance and a crystal gear lever. On both trim levels, the hybrid gets exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels as standard. The R-Design Pro version adds £1,400 and the Inscription Pro adds £1,050 to the cost of their respective base trims, and both offer extra features including heated front seats, washer nozzles and front windscreen, plus active bending headlights and fog lights.

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The introduction of the Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid means that every car in the Volvo range is now offered as a hybrid. Volvo is the first company to achieve this. The company has confirmed that the Volvo V40 hatchback is no longer in production.

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