The Volvo XC40 T4 PHEV offers economy of 135mpg.
A new plug-in hybrid has been added to the Volvo XC40 T4 range.
Using a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol unit producing 129hp and an electric motor delivering 82hp, drivers get to enjoy a combined offering of 211hp.
The Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 is front-wheel drive, and the power is delivered using a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Drivers will have a plug-in hybrid that offers an all-electric range of 27 miles, with emissions of 40g/km.
The new T4 PHEV sits below the firm's T5 PHEV which has a combined power output of 258 bhp.
More impressively, the Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 will deliver fuel economy of 135mpg – with CO2 emissions from 47g/km.
The economy figure is from the WLTP combined cycle data, so is likely to be a realistic economy for the small SUV – and makes it an appealing prospect in a competitive field.
The new Volvo hybrid is also an attractive proposal for company car drivers with a 12% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rating.
The T4 PHEV will sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 8.5 seconds and then onto a limited top speed of 112mph.
Prices for the new model start at £39,130 OTR, and it is available in R-Design and Inscription variants.
Deliveries of the Volvo XC40 Plug-in Hybrid T4 are set to begin in October 2020 and the order books for what is a stylish and well-made offering are open now.
Volvo also points out that two new mild-hybrid petrol units have been added to the line-up of the XC40.
The B4 has front- or all-wheel drive and an offering of 197hp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and 48 V starter/generator system.
The all-wheel drive B5 has power of 250hp and both will have an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The new offerings mean that the Volvo XC40 offers drivers the full range of plug-in petrol-electric hybrids, battery electric power and mild-hybrid electrified petrol powertrains.
The move is part of Volvo's ambitious electrification programme as they move to a full suite of electric-only vehicles over the next few years.
For those interested in an all-electric XC40, the new Recharge Pure Electric P8 will arrive in British showrooms early next year.
Green Cars’ is the term used for zero, low and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - with pressure being applied to lower global emission levels, the need for “eco-friendly” vehicles is on the rise. Many countries now have plans in place to abolish the use of combustion engines before the turn of the century and so more and more vehicles we see on the roads will be Electric, hybrid or very low emission petrol and diesels.
Although beneficial to the environment, ‘Green Cars’ are also beneficial from a taxation view. The lower a vehicle’s emissions banding, the lower the taxation placed against it. Many manufacturers have tapped in to this ever-growing market with their own offerings, however, Volvo were the first manufacturer to state that every one of their models will be either electric or hybrid options from 2019.