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The Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine in the test: How versatile is the compact SUV as a plug-in hybrid?

Depending on the current, the battery is fully charged in five to nine hours.

The Swiss Army Knife is world famous. It's compact enough to fit in a pocket, but still packed with clever features for almost every situation.

In addition, the pocket knife is a real design icon.

In this respect, the XC40 would like to be the counterpart from Sweden, especially in the latest variant as a T5 twin engine. Despite its compact dimensions, so that the Scandinavian SUV can also find a place in tight multi-storey car parks, it is crammed full of state-of-the-art technology. A look into the cockpit shows that: digital instruments, an upright 9.2-inch touchscreen, almost no buttons and a very tidy and simple ambience.

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Various driving modes can be selected on the display – from purely electric to sporty.

After a short period of getting used to it, it is as easy to use as it is on a tablet at home – and you will be pleased with the airy feeling of space and the numerous storage areas. Volvo has even banished the speakers from the door panels under the dashboard so that there is even more room in the door for this and that. In addition, the interior looks extremely solid and of high quality, which fits in with the successful design.

Ready for anything

The Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox has evolved over the years. The classic versions are also still available – but there are also knives with up to 83 functions. Although this folding knife has outgrown the trouser pocket a bit at 351 grams, it offers the right tool for every challenge. The selection of driving assistance systems in the XC40 feels almost as diverse. Typical for Volvo are the safety systems, such as an emergency brake assistant, a cross-traffic warning, which also brakes in an emergency, for example to prevent collisions with crossing traffic when parking out, or a lane departure warning system, which can take over the steering on the motorway and thus a semi-autonomous offers driving function.

It is pleasant that the systems do not have any annoying malfunctions in everyday use and are therefore not noticed negatively.

Electric drive at the push of a button

The Swedes are installing their latest drive unit in the XC40 for the first time. A 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor together produce a maximum of 262 hp and 425 Nm of torque, which is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed automatic dual clutch.

In hybrid mode, i.e. when both engines are responsible for propulsion, the drive is surprisingly civilized. The petrol engine has been very well insulated so that it runs very quietly and without annoying vibrations. It is switched off whenever possible, for example when the car is coasting, and switched on again when necessary. This interaction works very harmoniously and without jerking. Despite the supposedly small three-cylinder, the XC40 feels very confidently motorized – and thanks to the low noise level and good suspension comfort, it is fully suitable for long journeys.

When the battery was not charged, the average consumption in the test was 5.8 l/100 km, so you can travel at least 800 kilometers with one tankful. But you can extend this as much as you like by connecting the Swede to the socket as often as possible.

The battery pack is housed in the transmission tunnel so that no space is lost in the trunk. It stores 10.7 kWh of electricity, which according to the factory is enough for 54 kilometers of electric driving. In the test, it was 40 to 45 kilometers each. This is sufficient for almost all shopping and commuting trips that can be made purely electrically. If you have a wall box at home or a socket in the parking lot, you will only have to use the petrol engine for long distances. When it comes to the drive, the XC40 is as versatile as a pocket knife.

The large Victorinox knife costs 449 francs. A lot for a knife – but fair for 83 functions. In this respect, at least 56,700 francs for a compact SUV is a lot, but fair for such a versatile car.

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All-electric for short journeys: Volvo XC40 T5 TwinEngine.

Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine

Engine: 3-cyl. PHEV, 1477cc

Power: 180+82 hp

Torque: 265+160 Nm

Drive: FWD, 7-speed automatic.

L×W×H: 4425×1873×1652 mm

Trunk volume: 460-1336L

Weight: 1741 kg

0-100km/h: 7.3s.

V max: 180 km/h

Consumption factory/test: 2.4/3.3 l/100 km

Price: from 56,700 francs

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