Five years after the model’s first introduction, Volvo has now given the XC40 compact crossover an update for 2022, with a mild refresh to its exterior design plus some updated features on the inside.
In terms of looks, most of the changes are reserved onto the front fascia of the XC40, with new design elements inspired by the C40 electric coupe-SUV. In particular, the headlights are now more compact with a slightly more triangular shape, and the front bumper also get a redesign featuring a more vertical corner faux air intakes and diagonal slats.
The fully-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge, meanwhile, gets an additional blanked-off grille that is also taken from the newer C40. Aside from those upgrades, however, the rest of the changes are just a range of new wheels and exterior body colours.
Moving inside, the changes are even more limited, with the main update being the new Android Automotive infotainment operating system running on the screens – which are both unchanged in dimensions. There are also a couple of new upholstery options, including a new wool textile reserved for the electrified Recharge models.
Alongside the introduction of the facelift model, Volvo has also revised the trim level offerings for the XC40. The existing Momentum, Inscription, and R-Line variants have been dropped in favour of a new line-up consisting of Essential, Core, Plus, and Ultimate. Volvo says that the new structure is meant to help increase price transparency and reduces model complexity.
With the introduction of the facelift comes a revision of the trim levels. The usual Momentum and Inscription variants have been ditched in favour of Essential, Core, Plus and Ultimate; the sportier R-Design trim has also been dropped.
Powertrain options on the Volvo XC40 appears unchanged from before, with the offerings varying by regions globally. The electric XC40 Recharge however will get a new single-motor P6 option, with 231 hp driving the front axle.
The P6 option, which will also be offered on the C40 coupe-SUV, also gets a smaller 69 kWh battery (compared to 78 kWh on the dual motor AWD variant), which provides up to 423 km of range.