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New Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 now available

23rd August 2020 | Steve Lumley

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.

Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 has fuel economy of 135mpg

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.

Volvo XC40 Plug-in Hybrid T4

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.

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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.

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