The facelifted Volvo XC40 is due in Australia imminently, with a new look, mild-hybrid engines, bonus features, and more choice for EV buyers – but higher prices.
- 2023 Volvo XC40 pricing and specifications
- Facelifted small SUV adds new front fascia, wheels and colours
- Mild-hybrid petrol engines added alongside single-motor electric
- Priced from $52,990 before on-road costs
The 2023 Volvo XC40 range will launch in Australia next month with a choice of mild-hybrid or electric powertrains only – but prices have risen by up to $4500.
Due in Volvo showrooms in August, the 2023 XC40 range brings a new look inspired by the related C40 coupe SUV – with sharper headlights and lower intakes – plus revised trim and wheel options, and a new Android Automotive infotainment system.
The updated XC40 also completes Volvo Australia’s transition to a hybrid and electric-only range, ditching its T4 and T5 petrol engines for new B4 and B5 units with 48-volt mild-hybrid systems, promising similar performance but improved efficiency.
Three petrol and two electric models will be offered, across new Plus and Ultimate specification levels – waving goodbye to the old Momentum, Inscription and R-Design nomenclature, with each model now differentiated only by wheels and trim colour, rather than front and rear bumpers.
However, prices have risen significantly; all three petrol grades cost $4500 more than the models they replace, pushing the new Plus B4 ‘base model’ to $52,990 plus on-road costs – $8000 more than a T4 Momentum cost in 2019.
The strong-selling XC40 Recharge Pure Electric range has gained a new single-motor Plus variant, from $72,990 plus on-road costs, with less power and a smaller battery pack.
The existing dual-motor car remains, now priced from $79,490, with Ultimate badging – $2500 more than the MY22 dual-motor XC40 but, oddly, $500 less than the price announced for the MY23 version in December 2021. The plug-in hybrid has been axed.
However, the price rises are met by increases in standard equipment, with the entry-level model gaining wireless phone charging, an electric tailgate, electric passenger seat and more – while higher grades score a standard 360-degree camera, and an air purifier.
In addition to a new front end, all models gain USB-C ports (replacing USB-A), new wheel designs, and support for a Volvo Cars app.
Already fitted to the 2022 electric model, but new for the petrol XC40 for 2023, is a new infotainment system powered by Google’s Android Automotive operating system – not to be confused with the Android Auto smartphone ‘mirroring’ app already offered on Volvos.
This system incorporates traditional Android Auto, Google Maps navigation, over-the-air updates, Google Assistant and, following a recent software update, Apple CarPlay tech.
Each model in the old petrol range has a mild-hybrid replacement: T4 Momentum to Plus B4, T4 Inscription to Ultimate B4 Bright, and T5 R-Design to Ultimate B5 Dark.
Powering the new mild-hybrid petrol models is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine developing 145kW/300Nm in the B4, or 183kW/350Nm in the B5 – up 5kW (B4) and down 2kW (B5) respectively compared to the old T4 and T5.
It’s coupled with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, capable of a small 10kW/40Nm boost under hard acceleration, or switching the petrol engine off under low loads – such as cruising at a constant speed on a flat road, or when slowing down for traffic lights – to save fuel.
A eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard, driving the front wheels in the Plus B4 for a 8.4-second 0-100km/h time, or all four wheels in the Ultimate B4 and B5 models for 8.5- and 6.4-second 0-100km/h sprints. All acceleration times are unchanged from equivalent T4 and T5 models.
Volvo claims fuel economy improvements of seven to 12 per cent in combined (city/highway) driving, to 6.9 litres per 100km for the Plus B4 (vs the 7.9L/100km Momentum), 7.1L/100km for the Ultimate B4 (vs the 8.0L/100km Inscription), and 7.2L/100km for the B5 (vs the 7.7L/100km R-Design).
Meanwhile, the Pure Electric range opens with the the single-motor model, with a 170kW/330Nm front-mounted electric motor and 67kWh (usable, or 69kWh total) battery for a 7.4-second 0-100km/h time, and a 180km/h limited top speed.
The dual-motor Ultimate flagship offers dual 150kW electric motors, all-wheel drive and a 75kWh (usable, or 78kWh total) battery, to develop 300kW and 660Nm combined, and dash from zero to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds
Volvo Australia has previously quote an “expected” WLTP range claim of 380km for the single-motor model – though Volvo claims 423km in Europe – while the dual-motor variant should be capable of a claimed 418km. Both models offer 150kW DC fast charging.
Standard features – including what’s new for Model Year 2023 – are included in the lists below.
The 2023 Volvo XC40 range is available to order now, with close to 2000 orders already for the Recharge Pure Electric range, as of a month ago. First deliveries are due to commence in August (next month).
2023 Volvo XC40 Australian pricing
- XC40 Plus B4 FWD – $52,990 (up $4500 vs T4 Momentum)
- XC40 Ultimate B4 Bright AWD – $59,990 (up $4500 vs T4 Momentum)
- XC40 Ultimate B5 Dark AWD – $63,990 (up $4500 vs T4 Momentum)
- XC40 Recharge Pure Electric Plus single-motor – $72,990 (new)
- XC40 Recharge Pure Electric Ultimate dual-motor – $79,490 (up $2500; down $500 vs December pricing)
Note: All prices above exclude on-road costs.
2023 Volvo XC40 Plus B4 standard features:
- B4 engine with front-wheel drive (new)
- Wireless smartphone charging (new, previously $300 extra)
- Power-adjustable passenger seat (new)
- Power-foldable rear headrests (new)
- Power tailgate (new)
- USB-C ports (new, replacing USB-A)
- Mechanical front-seat cushion extensions (new, previously $180 extra)
- Soft boot load net (new)
- 18-inch alloy wheels (new design)
- ‘Touring’ chassis tune (new)
- LED headlights
- 9.0-inch Android Automotive (new) infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and digital radio
- 12-inch digital instrument cluster
- Eight-speaker sound system
- Dual-zone climate control
- Keyless entry and start
- Power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, four-way lumbar
- Auto-dimming exterior and interior mirrors
- Textile or leather-accented upholstery
- Artificial leather steering wheel
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Autonomous emergency braking (forward and reverse)
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane-keep assist
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Hill descent control
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Traffic sign recognition
2023 Volvo XC40 Ultimate B4 Bright adds (over Plus B4):
- 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels (new design)
- 360-degree camera (new)
- Air purifier (new)
- All-wheel drive
- Leather-accented upholstery
- Crystal gear selector
2023 Volvo XC40 Ultimate B5 Dark adds (over Ultimate B4 Bright):
- B5 engine with all-wheel drive (new)
- 20-inch black alloy wheels (new design)
- Black exterior trim
- Suede-accented seat upholstery
The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric range sits to the side of the mild hybrids – rather than above it – and is available in single-motor Plus and dual-motor Ultimate forms.
2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric Plus adds (over Plus B4):
- 170kW electric powertrain
- 19-inch five-spoke wheels
- Heated front and rear seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Rear privacy glass
- Panoramic sunroof
- Black mirror caps
- Unique floor mats
2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric Ultimate (over Electric Plus):
- 300kW dual-motor powertrain
- Pixel (matrix) LED headlights
- 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels (new design)
- 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
- 360-degree camera
- ‘Sustainable’ seat upholstery
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.