All-new baby SUV lobs Down Under from $47,990

Update (27/3): Volvo's local division has confirmed features for the Momentum and R-Design variants. See article for details


Australian details for the 2018 Volvo XC40 range have been announced this week, with the company's smallest SUV to kick off from $47,990 before on-road costs when it lands next month.

Based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) co-developed with Chinese parent Geely, the XC40 is Volvo's third globally-available SUV model and will also be the first of the brand's models to offer a three-cylinder engine – though we won't get it at launch.

From April, four variants will be offered across two trim grades: Momentum and R-Design. Two engine options are offered – the T5 petrol and D4 diesel.

The T5 uses a 2.0-litre turbo four making 185kW of power and 350Nm of torque, while the D4 uses a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four putting out 140kW and 400Nm. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive as standard.

Pricing kicks off at $47,990 for the T5 Momentum, climbing to $50,990 for the D4 Momentum. The T5 R-Design asks for $54,990, while the D4 R-Design is even dearer at $57,990 (all prices exclude on-roads).

Standard equipment for the Momentum includes 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, keyless start, front and rear parking sensors, rear-view camera and LED 'Thor's Hammer' headlights with automatic high-beam.

There's also auto-dimming mirrors all round, a 12.3-inch digital driver's information display, an eight-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, cloth/vinyl seat upholstery, along with an electronically-adjustable driver's seat with four-way lumbar support.

Stepping up to the R-Design adds sportier R-Design exterior styling (high-gloss grille, double integrated black tailpipes), 20-inch diamond cut black alloys, a black contrasting roof, R-Design Nubuck textile/fine nappa perforated leather upholstery with black headliner, sports chassis, R-Design perforated leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, and an R-Design perforated gearshift.

Other features include electronic adjustment for the passenger's seat, adaptive headlights with cornering function, keyless entry, an electric tailgate with gesture opening function, and an upgraded interior lights package.

In addition to the core variants, Volvo Australia has announced details for a pair of special Launch Editions based on both the Momentum and R-Design grades.

First up is the Momentum Launch Edition, available with both the T5 ($52,990) and D4 ($55,990) powertrains.

Key features "over and above the Momentum" include a sunroof, LED headlights with active bending lights, adaptive cruise control with Pilot Assist, Harman Kardon sound system, tinted windows, heated front seats, 19-inch five-spoke diamond-cut alloys, 360-degree camera system, manual front-seat cushion extension, and Park Assist Pilot.

There's also keyless entry, an electric tailgate, electric seat adjustment for the front passenger, alarm and leather upholstery. According to Volvo, the extra specification equates to $10,120, despite a $5000 increase over the base car.

Second of the launch specials is the R-Design Launch Edition, priced from $56,740 for the T5 and $59,740 for the D4.

Additional kit over the standard R-Design include a sunroof, tinted windows, an alarm, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control with Pilot Assist, Park Assist Pilot, 360-degree camera system, and a Harman Kardon sound system.

The extra kit is said to be valued at $6670, though the launch versions of the R-Design ask for just under $2000 more than the base version.

2018 Volvo XC40 pricing

T5 (185kW/350Nm)

  • T5 Momentum - $47,990
  • T5 Momentum Launch Edition - $52,990
  • T5 R-Design - $54,990
  • T5 R-Design Launch Edition - $56,740

D4 (140kW/400Nm)

  • D4 Momentum - $50,990
  • D4 Momentum Launch Edition - $55,990
  • D4 R-Design - $57,990
  • D4 R-Design Launch Edition - $59,740

All prices exclude on-road costs