The Volvo XC40 is very popular and plug-in variants also appear on the streets regularly. At present, it’s the all-electric XC40 Recharge, but until this year there was also a plug-in hybrid. Does this drivetrain make a difference in terms of consumption or is it properly removed from the range? AutoWeek Consumption Monitor provides an answer.
The recipe for the Volvo XC40 T5 hybrid is as follows. A 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with a power of 180 horsepower works with an electric motor with a power of 82 horsepower. It produces a system power of 262 horsepower, which makes this Volvo certainly not miserable. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h should be done in 7.3 seconds. If you’re in a frugal mood, the 10.7 kWh battery pack promises up to 45 electric kilometers. Is it enough to significantly reduce fuel consumption?
XC40 plug-in hybrid consumption
In AutoWeek’s consumption monitor, the T5 Plug-in Hybrid is in charge, and anyone who thinks 211 hp is enough can opt for the T4. The drivetrain is the same, but the gasoline engine produces “only” 130 horsepower. In practice, you will be able to record almost the same fuel consumption in both cars.
The average consumption achieved by our drivers from the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 Plug-in Hybrid is 1 in 22.3 (4.49 l/100 km). This value is based on eight users. So it gives a nice signal, but the numbers are not consistent. In any case, this actually applies to every average consumption of a plug-in hybrid vehicle, the consumption of which is strongly influenced by the user’s charging behavior.
The XC40 also has a lot of bandwidth between the most economical car and the most efficient. The most economical XC40 driver recorded a result of 1 in 45.6 (2.19 l/100 km). Energy consumption was also recorded: 22.09 kW/100 km. We think it’s a shame that this driver only tracked consumption for a short period, because the values are promising.
The difference with the second most economical drivers is enormous. Second place goes to the driver who achieves a rate of 1 in 25.5 (3.93 l/100 km). A driver who drives at a rate of 1 in 24.7 (4.04 l/100 km) for approximately 20,000 km proves that this value does not have to be unrealistic. The highest consumption rate is for a driver who drives just over 20,000 kilometers per year: an average of 1 in 17.4 (5.75 l/100 km). The XC40 Plug-in Hybrid may no longer be available, but these users showed that the car was able to get reasonable gas mileage.
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