2019 Volvo XC40 brings new T4 petrol engine, Inscription trim

Volvo Australia has revamped its XC40 lineup for the 2019 model year, which sees the introduction of the T4 engine and more luxurious Inscription variant.

The previous entry point to the XC40 range – the all-wheel drive T5 Momentum – has now been dropped, with Momentum models now fitted with the less-powerful T4 engine and only front-wheel drive. Also dropped are the diesel-fuelled D4 Momentum and R-Design models, with petrol power now the only option across the range for now.

The T4 petrol engine, like the T5, is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit, which produces 140kW at 4,700rpm and 300Nm between 1,400-4,000rpm. These figures are down from the T5’s 185kW and 350Nm.

Also like the T5, the T4 unit is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission produced by Aisin. It’s claimed to be capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds, before going on to a top speed of 210km/h.

For the entry-level Momentum, which now sees the price dip down to $44,990, standard equipment dual-zone climate control, push-button start, power operation and memory for the driver’s seat, a 9.0-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen with smartphone mirroring capability and digital radio, LED headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Standard safety kit levels are strong, too, as you’d expect from Volvo, with autonomous emergency braking both forwards and in reverse, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and front and rear parking sensors fitted to every model.

Stepping up to the new T4 Inscription model most notably adds all-wheel drive, while the interior is dressed up with leather-accented upholstery, wood trim, a crystal-look shift knob, ambient interior lighting, and a power-adjustable front passenger seat.

Further additions over the Momentum also include a leather-wrapped key fob, keyless entry, a powered tailgate, adaptive headlights, and 19-inch alloys.

Sitting atop the XC40 range, as before, is the T5 R-Design which brings the more-powerful 2.0-litre turbo engine, making it capable of launching from 0-100km/h in a brisk 6.4 seconds, along with a higher top speed of 230km/h.

Bolstering its performance is a sportier chassis tune, 20-inch alloys, and a sports steering wheel adorned with paddle shifters. Additionally, it also offers up combination leather and suede bucket seats with extendable seat cushions, aluminium trim inlays, and a contrasting black roof and wing mirrors.

Across the range, two options packs are available – the Lifestyle Pack, which brings heated seats, a panoramic sunroof, and privacy glass; and the Technology Pack, which adds adaptive cruise control, Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving, 360-degree camera, and automated parking assist for the Inscription and R-Design models.

The Momentum can also be kitted out with the Momentum Technology Pack, which includes the contents of the standard Technology Pack along with adaptive headlights and ambient interior lighting; and the Convenience Pack that adds keyless entry, a powered tailgate, and power-operated front passenger seat.

Furthermore, both the Momentum and Inscription can also be optioned with a Sport Pack that adds a panoramic sunroof, privacy glass, a Harman Kardon audio system, sports steering wheel, and black headliner. For the Momentum, this pack also adds 19-inch alloy wheels for $600 extra, which are already standard on the Inscription.


T4 Momentum FWD$44,990
T4 Inscription AWD$50,990
T5 R-Design AWD$55,990
Options packs
Sports Pack (Momentum & Inscription only)$3,900-4,500
Momentum Technology Pack (Momentum only)$3,000
Lifestyle Pack$2,500
Technology Pack$2,500
Convenience Pack (Momentum only)$990


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