2022 Volvo XC40 B4 Plus Review: Ace of Base

Ben Chia

Volvo sees The Sign of electrification and gives the XC40 a new mild hybrid drivetrain, but is it good enough to make you Turn Around?

2022 Volvo XC40 B4 Plus

Launched September 2022, Price S$246,000 with COE (October 2022)
Five-door, small crossover SUV, five seats
197hp, 2.0-litre mild hybrid, VES B, 6.4L/100km

Peppy and lively drivetrain
Decent to drive
Down to earth nature

Not as efficient as full electric or plug-in hybrid variants
Interior trim may feel cheap to some

Photos: Lionel Kong and Clifford Chow


The Volvo XC40 crossover has now had a few different variants on sale in Singapore ever since its introduction in 2018. More intriguingly though, rather than simply swapping one engine for another, the XC40 has had plug-in hybrid and full-electric versions being offered here over the last couple of years, which serves to highlight the XC40’s status as the most youthful and forward-looking model in Volvo’s range.

Volvo themselves admit though that not everybody is ready for full electrification as yet, and so there will still be an internal combustion engine (ICE) model for now, which is the car you see here. The XC40 B4 Plus is now the new base model of the XC40 range, and features a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with mild hybrid tech that develops a total of 197hp and 300Nm of torque.

The car has been mildly facelifted too, with slightly redesigned headlights that mimics that of the recently-launched Volvo C40 electric coupe-SUV. It also gets the Google Android-based infotainment operating system that has been populating all recent Volvo and Polestar products of late, but now updated to allow Apple CarPlay integration, so Apple fans won’t feel left out.

The rest of the car is pretty much as you were, with the typical minimalist design that is now familiar to anyone who’ve sat in a Volvo in recent years. But there are also signs that indicate this version’s status as an entry-level model, such as the hard plastics around the steering wheel and centre console, as opposed to the smooth gloss finished items found in the more expensive variants. Depending on how you look at it, it either makes the car feel cheap, or adds a bit of down-to-earth charm in a world replete with ‘premium-ness’.

But the main draw of this car is really its drivetrain, and in this respect, the base XC40 proves to be quite the pleasant surprise. Acceleration is brisk, with 0-100km/h coming up in 7.6 seconds, and the unit feels quite sprightly and energetic. There’s a palpable sense of eagerness that is almost sporty and even hot hatch like, and overall this particular powerplant makes the XC40 rather delightful to drive.

Nevertheless, the XC40 is still a crossover SUV after all, and its handling capabilities can probably be best described as ‘okay’. It corners neutrally, with a steering that’s somewhat devoid of feel, but at the same time it’s not exactly clumsy or cumbersome thanks to its compact size. The ride quality too is pretty well-sorted, and for a small SUV the XC40 does take bumpy roads rather well, with its soft and cushiony suspension that’s just comfortable enough without feeling too wallowy.

The point of giving a car a mild hybrid drivetrain though is really for efficiency, and to that end, the XC40 does rather alright. Volvo officially quotes a fuel consumption figure of 6.4L/100km, and over the course of our test drive we got somewhere closer to 9L/100km, which still isn’t too bad actually. However, the car isn’t quite as efficient as it seems, as it only manages to sit in the VES neutral B band, instead of qualifying for a rebate.

That means its retail price of S$246,000 inclusive of COE (as of October 2022) is not very far off from the full-electric XC40 Recharge EV, which gets the full S$25,000 VES rebate. By all accounts, the electric version is probably the more economical one to go for in the long run, if you take into consideration overall running costs. But if you’re still a stickler for internal combustion, then at least you can take comfort in the fact that the base XC40 still has some aces up its sleeves.

Volvo XC40 B4 Plus

Drivetrain typePetrol-electric mild hybrid
Engine1,969cc, inline four, turbocharged
Power197hp at 4750-5250rpm
Torque300Nm at 1500-4500rpm
Gearbox7-speed automatic
Electric Motor13hp/40Nm
BatteryLithium ion, unknown capacity
System PowerNot stated
System TorqueNot stated
0-100km/h7.6 seconds
Top Speed180km/h
VES BandingB / S$0
Fuel Efficiency6.4L/100km
AgentWearnes Automotive
PriceS$246,000 with COE
Verdict:Mild hybrid drivetrain not as efficient as electric or hybrid versions, but base XC40 still proves to be an enjoyable drive


5 seat 5-door B4 Plus petrol SUV Volvo xc40

About the Author

Ben Chia

CarBuyer's print editor went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben

Related Models


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CarBuyer – Revolutionizing The Online Car Marketplace In Singapore

Buy Used And New Cars Online
Start your car buying journey with CarBuyer as we connect you seamlessly to the industry’s best CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealerships. As a one stop car online portal you can now buy your new ride, be it a pre-owned car or a brand new car from trusted dealers all over Singapore, all in one place. Our ever expanding listing of quality and covet-worthy cars, new and second hand, from both owners and trusted car dealers, will leave you spoilt for choice. Refine your search by vehicle type, registration year, price, mileage, engine type, transmission, annual depreciation value and more to find the car that best suits your needs, taste and lifestyle. You can even search for your car by dealer or directly by owner.

Sell Your Car In An Instant With Confidence
We all know how selling a car in Singapore can be a daunting task especially for a first time car seller; from trying to get a valuation for your car, finding a trusted dealer, to getting the best quote on your vehicle. CarBuyer understands the hassle and even the costs involved and have as such partnered with Huawei to develop a FIRST in Southeast Asia AI car valuation tool that is able to provide a car’s resale value at the snap of a finger. Backed with a consortium of trusted CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealers you can be assured that you are getting the best price for your vehicle and do not have to worry about any hidden costs.

The Ultimate Car Shopping Experience Online
CarBuyer platform is the first of its kind to be backed by Huawei’s Artificial Intelligence and cloud computing, enabling it to be able to offer users transparency and enhanced security, all with the one aim of enhancing customer experience. So come on over to buy and sell used cars online at the best prices at CarBuyer Singapore. Connect easily with dealers in real-time via our online video call feature, or schedule a test drive when you’re ready. Have some questions? Get them answered instantly with our chatbot moderated by our responsive team. Stay in the loop with our car-related tips, reviews and news. Learn the ins-and-outs of your car, as well as global and Singapore’s car updates at your own pace.