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XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid
General topicsStarting and switching off the carAlcohol lockGearboxBrakesFoot brakeParking brakeDrive systemDrive modesRecommendations for drivingTowbar and trailerFuelRefuellingEmission controlElectric operation and chargingCharging the hybrid batteryHomeLinkCompassTowing and recovery
During towing, the car is towed by another vehicle by means of a towline.
Help when starting on a hill
Hill start assist (HSA* ) prevents the car from rolling backwards when starting on an uphill gradient. When reversing uphill, it prevents the car from rolling forwards.
Braking on gritted roads
When driving on salted roads, a layer of salt may form on the brake discs and brake linings.
Braking on wet roads
When driving for a prolonged period of time in heavy rain without braking, the braking effect may be delayed slightly when next using the brakes.
Parking on a hill
Always make sure that the parking brake has been activated when parking on a hill.
Petrol particle filter
Petrol cars are fitted with particle filters for more efficient emission control.
Use the car's navigation system* in order to find the route to the closest petrol station.
Energy distribution using map data*
In the driving position Hybrid the car is powered by both the electric motor and the internal combustion engine. If a destination has been selected in the navigation system*, the Predictive Efficiency* function distributes the electric energy consumption along the whole driving distance using the map data.
Range in electric mode
The car's range depends on several factors. The ability to achieve a long range varies according to the circumstances and conditions under which the car is being driven.
To achieve the longest possible range, the driver should plan driving and adapt driving style and speed to the prevailing situation.
Preparations for a long trip
Before a driving holiday or some other type of long journey, it is important to check the car's functions and equipment particularly carefully.
Overloading the starter battery
High power consumption without the car being able to charge the starter battery leads to low battery level and some electric functions being reduced or switched off. If the battery level decreases to below a certain limit, it is not possible to start the car without jump starting or charging with an external charger.
Driving in water
Wading means the car being driven through water e.g. on a flooded road. Driving in water must be performed with great caution.
For winter driving it is important to perform certain checks of the car in order to ensure that it can be driven safely.
Overheating in the engine and drive system
Under certain conditions, e.g. hard driving in hilly terrain and hot climate, there is an increased risk of overheating the engine and drive system – in particular with a heavy load.
Driving with a trailer
When driving with a trailer, there are a number of points that are important to think about regarding the towbar, the trailer and how the load is positioned in the trailer.