Volvo Enhances T3-powered XC40

Volvo XC40

The entry-level Volvo XC40 has received some updates to its compact powertrain. 

The Volvo XC40 is available with an array of petrol and diesel engines, but this update concerns the entry-level engine. The 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine currently offers up 110 kW and 265 Nm. In updated guise, the engine offers 122 kW.

The additional power means performance has improved, with Volvo claiming 0.1-second improvement in the 0-100 kph sprint time. It has dropped to 9.3 seconds from 9.4 for the manual-equipped version, while the 8-speed automatic takes 9.6 seconds. 

Economy and efficiency has improved slightly with a WLTP claimed figure of between 7.6 l/100km and 7.0 l/100 km which is an improvement in comparison to the previous version's 7.8 l/100 km. The manual-equipped car’s CO2 emissions are also lower, ranging from 142 to 146 g/km, compared with 144 and 148g/km previously.

There's also going to be a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid version dubbed T5 due for an international reveal shortly.

Further Reading

Volvo XC40 (2018) Launch Review

Volvo XC40 T3 Lands in SA

Volvo XC40: 5 Rivals To Beat

Volvo XC40 (2017) International Launch Review