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Why Lease The XC40?

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Volvo XC40 Review 2021

The XC40 may be Volvo's first and smallest compact SUV, but the former WhatCar? Car of the Year is by no means lacking when it comes to practicality and comfort. Slotting into the Volvo range below the popular XC60 and the XC90, the XC40 is one of the best mid-sized premium SUVs on the market, giving rivals such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque a run for their money.

Our Volvo XC40 review covers:

Volvo XC40 Key Features

  • Unique styling with 'Thor Hammer' daytime running lights
  • Spacious cabin with a 452-litre boot
  • Wide range of engine options including mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full-electric
  • High-quality interior with 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Three levels including Momentum, R-Design and Inscription

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

Combining cool Scandinavian styling with a comfortable drive, the XC40 is undoubtedly trendy. Unlike alternatives such as the BMW X1 or the Audi Q3, the XC40 isn't a scaled-down version of larger models in the Volvo range but has its own unique style. Featuring a sharper profile with a flat bonnet and a vertical grille, the XC40 boasts a contemporary look while its Thor's Hammer headlight design help give it Volvo’s distinctive look.

Volvo XC40

The cabin is roomy enough in the back for taller adults to sit comfortably in terms of practicality. There's plenty of space to stretch your legs, although the BMW X1 is slightly better for legroom. 60/40 split-folding rear seats are offered standard. The XC40's 452-litre boot make packing super-easy and, if you don't opt for a spare wheel, you get a big underfloor storage area. 

Interior and Trims

Inside, the XC40 is full of neat details that make it stand out from its rivals with a good mix of high-end plastics, leather and metal or wood. There's plenty of interior storage options, including a removable section in the central and a pop-up divider in the boot to help hold shopping bags or loose items in place. 

Three levels are available, including Momentum, R-Design and Inscription, and Pro packs for each with extra features. Standard equipment on Momentum upwards includes LED headlights, cruise control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The R-Design adds leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, smartphone integration with USB HUB (iPhone and Android) and R-Design detailing. 

Inscription adds even more equipment, including a leather steering wheel, front and rear Park Assist and Inscription detailing.

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, there's plenty of choice when it comes to engines, available with front-wheel or four-wheel drive and manual or automatic transmission. The entry-level T2 and T3 petrol engines are quiet and efficient, making them ideal for shorter urban journeys. However, company car drivers may prefer the T4 and T5 Recharge plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, thanks to their low CO2 emissions and BiK tax rates. There's also a full electric P8 Recharge version with a 259-mile range.

Volvo XC40 Interior

In terms of ride, the XC40 is more comfortable than most of its rivals. It drives easily and comfortably over bumps and is relaxing on the motorway, although plug-in hybrid Recharge models are less forgiving due to their heavy batteries.  

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Volvo XC40 start from £28,100.00 OTR* or to lease from £344.69 per month.

Car leasing offers many benefits over buying with fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and flexible term and mileage packages on all Volvo XC40s models. Free mainland GB delivery, breakdown recovery, road tax are also included in the monthly rental. 

*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer.

Customer Reviews

Volvo XC40
Average Rating Based on 117 reviews
4.1 out of 5

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Jean-Laurent Volvo XC40 2.0 B3P Core Auto MY23

Quite light, does not feel like it belongs well to the XC suv range. Good little car though.

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4.1 out of 5
Brian Volvo XC40 2.0 B3P Plus Dark Auto

No issues during first year of use. Fuel economy very good with mild-hybrid system.

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4.3 out of 5
Hinley Volvo XC40 2.0 B3P Core Auto

Had a few issues with the car at first like faults showing on the dashboard had to take into Volvo’s to be put right

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4.7 out of 5
Samantha Volvo XC40 2.0 B3P Core Auto MY23

The car is amazing to drive. Very comfortable and easy . Very economical on fuel .

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2.9 out of 5
Don Volvo XC40 2.0 B4P R DESIGN Pro Auto (7 speed)

It runs ok, but the random bleeps/alarms distract attention. Constantly having to re-load the software, but the map view on the dashboard is useful. After having a kia sorrento noticeable loss of boot space and comfort and not sure it warrants the high monthly rental. Would think again regarding a volvo, sorry.

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3.1 out of 5
Julie Volvo XC40 2.0 B3P Plus Dark Auto

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3.3 out of 5
Anthony Volvo XC40 1.5 T3 (163) Inscription MY22

Its middle of the road! Excuse the punn

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2.3 out of 5
Natasha Volvo XC40 1.5 T3 (163) Inscription Geartronic MY22

Drives badly. You can’t reverse without the car switching off making backing up into a space hard. It’s to sage for its own good. I ordered the inscription model which was sold as the top of the range model but all the extras that should have come with this vehicle didn’t! No heated seats. No heated steering wheel. No sensor on the door handle to unlock the car. No sensor the wave your foot at to unlock the boot! No front fog lights. I have always driven BMW’s which are by far the better car.

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2.0 out of 5
Lynsey Volvo XC40 1.5 T3 (163) R DESIGN

The in vehicle technology is really poor no apple car play, or voice recognition doesn’t work. Been at the Volvo garage and seems only capable with Samsung not I phones. It’s great to drive but unfortunately everything is disappointing

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4.4 out of 5
Adele Volvo XC40 1.5 T3 (163) Momentum Geartronic MY22

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2.1 out of 5
Craig Volvo XC40 1.5 T3 (163) R DESIGN Geartronic MY22

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5.0 out of 5
Kenneth Volvo XC40 1.5 T3 (163) R DESIGN Geartronic MY22

Wish it had a rear view camera and front parking sensors

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4.7 out of 5
Laura Volvo XC40 1.5 T3 (163) Inscription MY22

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4.9 out of 5
Matthew Volvo XC40 1.5 T3 (163) R DESIGN MY22

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5.0 out of 5
Andrew Volvo XC40 1.5 T3 (163) R DESIGN MY22

Happy with the contract, and the service plan is excellent

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