The 2023 Volvo XC40 has officially made its Philippine debut at the Alabang Country Club’s 35th Mango Tee. As one of the country’s most prestigious golfing events, this became a perfect venue for Volvo Cars Philippines to showcase the new XC40.
As part of the facelift, the new XC40 adopts a number of design cues from its C40 Recharge electric crossover sibling, such as the restyled pixel LED headlights with 84 LEDs, a restyled grille, and new aerodynamic alloy wheels. The model that’s currently being sold for now is the R Design variant, which means that it comes with a sporty exterior motif as standard. Elsewhere, the design of the XC40 carries over unchanged from the pre-facelift model.
Interior changes to the 2023 Volvo XC40 are very minor from an aesthetics standpoint. Most of the smart storage solutions of the XC40 have been carried over, such as the hook that folds into the glovebox and the removable trash bin in the center console. What’s new for this update are the various upholstery and cabin trim choices, as well as a new infotainment system that’s now powered by Google’s Android Automotive operating system–which is separate from the Android Auto smartphone mirroring feature.
Other features that the new XC40 gets include a panoramic sunroof, a Harman Kardon surround sound system, a powered tailgate, and an enhanced suite of advanced driver-assistance tech that the brand has always been known for. These include the usual adaptive matrix LED lights, automatic emergency braking, lane centering, full-speed adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert, just to name a few.
The 2023 Volvo XC40 now comes with a dose of electrification through its 48-volt mild-hybrid system that complements the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. Now called the B5 as opposed to the T5 we reviewed before, it now has a total output of 264 hp and 390 Nm of torque. Couple with all-wheel drive (AWD) and an 8-speed automatic, the XC40 B5 is now able to sprint from 0-100 kph in just 6.4 seconds whilst having a 15-percent improvement in fuel efficiency.
If you’ve got P3,690,000 lying around the house, then you might want to consider this new 2023 Volvo XC40. It comes pretty much fully loaded with features and plenty of performance based on our experience with the pre-facelift model.