If you want to save more than 2000 pounds off of an XC 40, go to work on and make sure you're subscribed to our channel, because we've got loads of video reviews. Just like this going live every week. This XC 40 means Volvo is the first manufacturer to offer a plug in hybrid version of every car. It currently sells so well done there and it's fair to say: it's been one of the driving forces behind the plug in hybrid. In fact, it's diesel electric v60 was one of the first of its kind to be commercially available in Europe. This XC 40 is different from other plug in hybrid models in Volvo's lineup, like the xc90 t8. That car has an electric motor that drives the rear wheels, but this XC 40 has an electric motor attached to a new 7 speed. Dual clutch automatic gearbox, making it front wheel, drive only and design wise. The only difference between this car and the rest of the x40 lineup is this: charging port at the front impressively. The XC 40 plug in hybrid, has the same sized boot as the rest of the lineup so having a battery doesn't remove any space in the back. Here we have a spare tire under the floor there, but you can see even with that fitted, you can stuff the charging cables around it and without it you get a bit more space for underfloor storage too. So overall you're going to fit more luggage into this XE 40 plug in hybrid.
Then you will in plug in hybrid SUV, Royals like the Vauxhall gran annex hybrid 4 and the Peugeot 3008 hybrid form, just like the boot passenger space is unchanged in this plug in hybrid version of the XE 40 compared to the rest of the lineups. So that means that back here there is a very good amount of space, excellent, Headroom, very, very good, legroom and it's very comfortable, all round up front it's, just the same as the rest of the XT 40 lineup, which means that interior quality is a real strength Of the car, so you've got these really nice squishy plastics on the dashboard and these metal trims that look actually quite expensive and generally it just feels really solid. No matter what you compare it to you also get these comfortable seats and loads of kit. That comes with this car too, because you can only get it on the pretty expensive and slightly sporty our design and our design pro trims. But I suppose we should really take this car for a drive to see exactly what this hybrid systems like and also to see whether it's worth it over a regular XC 40. Well, the XC 40 plug in hybrid gets a 1.5 liter petrol engine, which is from the t3 version of the XC 40. But it also gets an electric motor which has 80 brake horsepower and when you start the car, if there's enough charge in the battery, then it will move off using just electric power alone and when it does it's exactly what you'd expect smooth quiet.
The only thing is it doesn't really feel that quick, because it's only 80 very cause power powering this 1800 kilogram SUV. So if you do want a quick burst of acceleration, then when you floor the accelerator, the petrol engine will kick in and then the pace becomes a lot better and that transition from electric power to petrol power is pretty smooth, it's, certainly smoother than what you get In the Vauxhall ground line decks and in the Peugeot 3008 plug in hybrids, because those can be quite jarring going from the quiet, smooth, serene electric power into quite loud rough gruff, petrol engines. But here the three cylinder petrol always feels pretty nicely hushed. When you can hear it, it's got a pretty nice engine note and it's generally very impressively choir, and also with this new 7 speed, dual clutch automatic gearbox. You have bee mode which, when you put it in it and lift off the accelerator, it increases the effect of regenerative braking. So it will slow the car down without you having to use the brakes and it will use the energy created from that to replenish the battery. In some other cars, you can increase the impact of regenerative braking when the excellent 40, the paddles on the steering wheel. Just change the gears as you'd, expect to do, but on some other cars that turns up the regenerative and down here when you put it in B mode, you can shift it to the right.
But again that just shifts you up a gear and down shifts you down a gear rather than increasing the regenerative braking. Another helpful addition you get on the XC 40 plug in hybrid, is on this display. Here you have a dial that shows you when you're using electric power and then, when you cross over into petrol power, which is quite handy to have and on the infotainment system. If you swipe across to this very confusingly, laid out car functions menu where you have about a million different buttons that are all quite tiny and difficult to hit on the move, then you have a charge function for the battery will focus the car on charging up. The battery and you also have a hold function, which will hold the charge that the battery has, so you can then use electric power later in your journey if you want to, but this page is just very annoying, because why are there all these blank spaces? Why can't they just move everything up and then have it all on one clean, looking screen because of the minute you've got to scroll down to hit this button at the very bottom that's on its own yeah. It just doesn't seem to really make much sense and how its laid out so the XC 40 gets a ten point, seven kilowatt hour battery and when it's fully charged, you can get an official electric. Only range of twenty eight point six miles.
However, in the real world is going to be closer than twenty miles and when you want to charge it up, going from nought to 100 percent takes around at six hours from a three pin plug, but you can drop that time down to 2.5 hours. If you go for the option of a type 2 cable which, from a wall box, will charge you in two and a half hours, but you've got to pay 50 pounds for that. So it seems a bit stingy that volvo didn't just Chuck that in for free. So it does feel quite brisk when you're using both power sources, but there are things about the XC 40 that don't really want to make you push on Android very very quickly, especially on twisty back roads, because the steering is very light, so it's accurate. But the lightness paired with the size and the kind of lean that the car generates means that it feels quite erratic, so going through a series of quick corners. Doesn'T really fill you with confidence in this car because of the lien that it generates so actually you're. Better off just slowing things down and enjoying the comfortable ride that the car offers, because even on 19 inch alloys, which this parts girl it's, actually a pretty impressive ride and it's only at low speeds, where things like potholes or really sharp, edged imperfections in the road Catch the ride out make you feel a bit uncomfortable, but otherwise it's very pleasant to drive indeed, but maybe the weakest element to how the x40 plug in hybrid drives is the brake pedal now it's, something that a lot of hybrids and plug in hybrids suffer from, But it seems particularly pronounced in this XC 40 plug in hybrid, especially because lots of rivals like actually the 3008 and the ground land ex have very good brake pedals.
But here in the Volvo it just feels quite inconsistent and quite numb. So you never really know how much force you're having to put in to stop smoothly. So it is a weakness of the car. So when you judge plug in hybrids and how good they are, you've got a kind of assess them in two categories. So in the UK your company car tax is about to have a massive shake up where it will hugely favour plug in hybrid, hybrid and electric cars that have low or no co2 emissions. So they're going to be much cheaper to run them petrol or diesel. Rivals in that respect, there's a lot to like about the excellent 40 plug in hybrid it's, a much better car all round than the Vauxhall gran lambda X and the Persian 3000. They it's got a nicer interior, it's, better to drive it's more comfortable. The hybrid system itself just feels far more sophisticated and impressive. However, if you're a private buyer, so you want to buy the car outright in cash on a piece of steel, then this plug in hybrid is much more difficult to recommend because just like every other plug in hybrid, it has a very high list price. So whether the electric ability of this car is really worth it kind of depends on the circumstance. So if you have a very short commute and you will be able to charge this car regularly, then there's every chance, it could fit very easily into your life and make a big difference both of running costs and just general enjoyment of motoring, but for private buyers.
Plug in hybrids are much more difficult to recommend because they have very high list prices and that's no different with the Volvo XC 40. So, although it is very impressive, it's expensive, so you'd really need to know that you're going to be making the most of the electric range to make this back, but still lots to like about the Volvo XC 40. And you can watch our full review of the entire X 240 range by clicking on the link and make sure that it's subscribe to our channel as well, because we've got loads of plug in hybrid, hybrid petrol, diesel, electric car reviews going live all the time on. Our channel, if you've enjoyed this video it'd, be great if you gave it like.