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Smaller three-cylinder engine for Volvo’s baby SUV

  • Introduction of T3-badged three-cylinder petrol engine into XC40 range
  • On sale now, with automatic gearbox to follow
  • T4 petrol and D3 diesel also make an entrance

The Volvo XC40 range has now expanded to include two extra petrol engines and an additional diesel, all of which are available to order now across the range.

Serving the largest amount of interest comes from those with a T3 badge, fitted with the firm’s first ever three-cylinder petrol engine.

Being 1.5-litres in size, this unit produces 156hp and 265Nm of torque and despite its relatively small engine, Volvo is keen to point out its 1.6-tonne braked towing weight. This matches the D3 diesel in front-wheel drive format with a manual gearbox, but trails the 2.0-tonne capacity of the D3 and T4 all-wheel drive versions.

Volvo XC40 T3 Momentum Pro dash

Unlike its more powerful variants though, the T3 is limited to being front-wheel drive only and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. An eight-speed automatic will follow at a later date.

The T3 engine will be available on all models, ranging from entry-level Momentum right through to Inscription Pro; with P11D values of £27,350 and £31,400 respectively.

How much does it cost?

CO2 emissions range between 144g/km and 148g/km depending on the size of wheel fitted. This also applies to claimed fuel economy ranging between 45.6mpg on the smaller-wheeled Momentum, dipping to 44.1mpg on the largest 21-inch alloy wheels. During our time of testing however, we did see this drop below 30mpg after a prolonged period of spirited driving.

 

P11D

Bik rate (%)

Monthly BIK cost (20%)

mpg

T3 Momentum

27,350

29

132.19

45.6

D3 Momentum FWD Manual

28,750

30

143.75

58.9

D3 Momentum AWD auto

31,700

33

174.35

52.3

D4 R-Design AWD Auto

34,400

31

177.73

56.5

T4 R-Design auto

33,350

33

183.43

40.9

T3 Inscription Pro

31,400

30

157

44.8

Any hybrids on the way?

Volvo aims to have some form of electrification in every model range from 2019, and a plug-in hybrid based on the T3 is certainly on its way next year. The future of diesels are a little uncertain however, with stringent rules being ever harder to meet.

Additional engines added to the 2019 Volvo XC40 range

Both 2.0 litres in size, the T4 petrol and D3 diesel have also been added to the range. The T4 petrol produces 190hp and comes with all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox as standard. The D3 diesel produces 150hp, but can be offered with the choice of a manual or automatic gearbox; opt for the latter and you can also add all-wheel drive.

Volvo XC40 T3 Momentum Pro badge

It's worth noting the lower-powered D3 doesn’t necessarily guarantee a large difference in lower running costs either. As you can see from the table above, the D3 AWD automatic sits in a higher BIK tax band for 20% taxpayers and achieves a lower mpg figure. Despite the D4 R-Design’s higher P11D list price, the monthly cost between that and the D3 Momentum AWD automatic is less than £3.50, based on 2018/19 rates.

Parkers have been among the first to drive the full Volvo XC40 range, so head on over to the full review by clicking on the picture below

Volvo XC40 T3 Momentum Pro rear