2023 Volvo XC40
About the Volvo XC40
The facelifted 2023 Volvo XC40 has arrived with a range of electrified and electric powertrains and Android Automotive infotainment.
The XC40 is an important model for Volvo, being the brand’s best seller in Australia.
The new infotainment system – which continues to use a 9.0-inch portrait-oriented screen – debuted on the Recharge Pure Electric and has now been rolled out across the range, with all Volvo models getting the system this year.
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The Plus B4 comes standard with the following equipment:
- Power tailgate (new)
- Manual seat cushion extension (new)
- Power passenger seat (new)
- Power-folding second-row headrests (new)
- 18-inch five-spoke silver alloy wheels (new)
- Wireless phone charging (new)
- 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Android Automotive operating system with Google Automotive Services and Volvo Cars app (new)
- DAB+ digital radio
- Automatic headlights
- Automatic high-beam
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Hill-descent control
- Dual-zone climate control
- Keyless entry and start
- Leatherette upholstery
- Power driver’s seat with memory
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Eight-speaker sound system
The Ultimate B4 Bright adds:
- 19-inch Y-spoke matte graphite alloy wheels (new)
- Air purifier (new)
- Surround-view camera (new)
- Leather-accented upholstery
The Ultimate B5 Dark adds:
- 20-inch double-spoke black alloy wheels
- Alcantara-accented upholstery
Over the Plus B4, the Recharge Pure Electric adds:
- Panoramic sunroof
- 19-inch alloy wheels (new)
- Heated front and rear seats
- Heated steering wheel
The Recharge Twin Pure Electric adds:
- Pixel LED headlights
- Surround-view camera
- 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
- Sustainable upholstery
Price & Specs
Volvo XC40 ULTIMATE B4 BRIGHT MHEV
For 2023, the XC40 gains USB-C outlets, standard mechanical cushion extensions, and what Volvo calls a “Touring chassis” suspension tune, shared across all petrol-powered models.
On top of this, the Ultimate B4 Bright gains a surround-view camera and an air purifier.
The front seats offer a commanding view over the square bonnet, and strike a perfect balance between soft padding and the sort of support you need on longer drives. Volvo traditionally does some of the best pews in the business, and the XC40 continues the tradition.
Rear seat passengers are better catered for than you might expect of a car that’s relatively compact on paper. For one, they get their own vents, along with a fold-down central armrest and spacious door pockets. The tall roofline means headroom is good enough for adults to get comfortable back there, even with the panoramic sunroof, and the amount of legroom will accomodate tall teenagers.
Cosmetic tweaks to the XC40 include a restyled front bumper, new wheel designs, and new headlights with revised LED daytime running light signatures, albeit without a cornering function.
The Plus B4 loses the old T4 Momentum’s front fog lights, but gains a power tailgate, power passenger seat and power-folding second-row headrests.
Volvo XC40 Colours
The XC40 is available in the following colours:
- Black Stone solid
- Sage Green metallic (new)
- Fjord Blue metallic (new)
- Silver Dawn metallic (new)
- Bright Dusk metallic (new)
- Onyx Black metallic
- Crystal White pearl
- Fusion Red metallic
- Thunder Grey metallic
Metallic shades are a $1200 option on all petrol models, but are a no-cost option on electric models.
How it Drives
Petrol-powered 2023 Volvo XC40 models all use a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system, mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The front-wheel drive B4 produces 145kW of power at 5400rpm and 300Nm of torque at 4200rpm, while the all-wheel drive B5 produces 183kW and 350Nm.
The Recharge Pure Electric features a single front-mounted electric motor and front-wheel drive, with 170kW of power and 330Nm of torque.
The dual-motor all-wheel drive Recharge Twin Pure Electric produces 300kW and 660Nm.
The claimed 0-100km/h times are as follows:
- B4: 8.5 seconds
- B5: 6.4 seconds
- Recharge: 7.4 seconds
- Recharge Twin: 4.9 seconds
Volvo XC40 Safety Rating
The Volvo XC40 has a rating of five stars from ANCAP based on testing conducted in 2018.
All models received an adult occupant protection score of 97 per cent, child occupant protection score of 84 per cent, vulnerable road user protection score of 71 per cent and a safety assist score of 78 per cent.
All 2023 Volvo XC40 models come standard with the following equipment:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with vulnerable road user detection
- Lane-keep assist
- Lane departure warning
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Adaptive cruise control
- Front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags
- Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
Volvo XC40 Warranty
Volvo covers its cars with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
The XC40 is currently offered with a choice of three- or five-year service plans, priced at $1750 and $3000 respectively.
Volvo XC40 Infotainment
With an upright dashboard and minimalist, crisp lines, you won’t be mistaking the XC40 for anything but a Volvo at first glance. Dominating the dash is a vertically-oriented 9.0-inch touchscreen, which sits in the same housing as the display in the petrol model but runs newer software.
Like the related Polestar 2, the XC40 Recharge has Android Automotive infotainment. The bones of the software were developed by Google, which means you get Hey Google voice control and Google Maps standard, but the final system is set up by Volvo to look familiar to anyone who’s used the Sensus system in the current XC40.
It’s snappy to use, and the ability to download apps like Spotify from the Google Play store opens the door for a level of customisation not currently possible in most infotainment systems. Having the same people who do the software for mobile phones design your Bluetooth interface, for example, means this is one of the easiest cars in which to find a contact and make a call on the move.
When it’s connected to a network, Hey Google is more useful than Hey BMW or Hey Mercedes ever could be… but when it’s not connected to a network, the voice assistant is far less useful. Apple CarPlay mirroring should be available for cars in 2023.
The driver is faced with a clean, simple digital instrument binnacle with inbuilt Google Maps. It’s excellent, although you’re light on for configuration options compared to what’s on offer in some rival luxury marques.
Volvo XC40 Boot Space
Luggage space is 460L, expanding to 1336L with the second row folded. The boot floor is flat, but it can be folded in half hang shopping bags, or raised up to reveal a deep cavity beneath it perfect for storing charge cables – or for hiding bags and laptops.
There’s a small storage space beneath the bonnet, but it’s not what you’d call capacious. It’s best reserved for the charge cables, but not much more.
Volvo XC40 Fuel Economy
The 2023 Volvo XC40 uses a claimed 6.9L/100km on the combined cycle in the Plus B4, 7.1L/100km in the Ultimate B4 Bright and 7.2L/100km in the Ultimate B5 Dark.
The Recharge Pure Electric uses a 69kWh battery, and WLTP-certified figures on the Volvo global site says it has 424km of range.
The dual-motor version has a 78kWh battery and WLTP range of 417km.
Both electric models support DC fast charging at up to 150kW and AC charging at up to 11kW.
Depending on the variant, view the 2023 VOLVO XC40 fuel usage below.
All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km
|PLUS B4 MHEV||536 MY24A||4D WAGON||PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||7.1||-|
|ULTIMATE B4 BRIGHT MHEV||536 MY24A||4D WAGON||PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||7.3||-|
|ULTIMATE B4 DARK MHEV||536 MY24A||4D WAGON||PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||7.3||-|
|RECHARGE PURE ELECTRIC||536 MY24A||4D WAGON||ELECTRIC||-||-||0.0||-|
|RECHARGE TWIN PURE ELECTRIC||536 MY24A||4D WAGON||ELECTRIC||-||-||0.0||-|
Volvo XC40 Dimensions
The Volvo XC40 measures 4440mm long, 1910mm wide and 1657mm tall on a 2702mm wheelbase.
Tare mass ranges from 1669kg in the Plus B4 to 2158kg in the Recharge Twin Pure Electric.
Depending on the variant, the 2023 VOLVO XC40 measures as below.
|Variant||Series||Style||Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Wheelbase (mm)|
|PLUS B4 MHEV||536 MY24A||4D WAGON||4440||1863||1652||2702|
|ULTIMATE B4 BRIGHT MHEV||536 MY24A||4D WAGON||4440||1863||1652||2702|
|ULTIMATE B4 DARK MHEV||536 MY24A||4D WAGON||4440||1863||1652||2702|
|RECHARGE PURE ELECTRIC||536 MY24A||4D WAGON||4440||1863||1647||2702|
|RECHARGE TWIN PURE ELECTRIC||536 MY24A||4D WAGON||4440||1863||1647||2702|
The 2023 VOLVO XC40 has a braked towing capacity from 1500kg to 2100kg depending on the variant and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.
Volvo XC40 Market Fit
The Volvo XC40 is categorised as a Small SUV and has a price range of $54,990 to $85,990.