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Volvo EC40

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

72
%
A

Used car score:

67
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

86
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

72
%
A

Used car score:

67
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

86
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

Summary


The Volvo EC40, formerly known as the C40 or the C40 Recharge, is the coupé-SUV version of the EX40 SUV, and the first model range in the Swedish brand’s line-up to debut as a purely electric model.

The five-door EC40 range consists of two power levels, the single-motor version with a smaller 69kWh battery and a dual-motor variant with a 78kWh battery – the same powertrain options available with the EX40 SUV. Volvo claims that the EC40 in dual-motor form can travel a maximum of 273 miles on a full battery.

The Volvo EC40 has received mixed review scores from the British motoring media, with many reviewers critical of the the price tag for the dual-motor version, which was the only version available to order at launch.

Volvo has since added the cheaper single-motor models to the EC40 range, but the general consensus among journalists is that, even at entry-level price, the EC40 does not make much financial sense.

“Looks aside, there’s nothing really to recommend it over the cheaper EX40”, Car comments, while Top Gear adds, “If you want a wilfully different electric crossover where practicality takes a slight backseat, Sweden already does a wholly convincing one of those, and priced from under £40,000 too. It’s called the Polestar 2.”

Auto Trader recommends that UK buyers consider rivals like the Audi Q4 e-tron and Hyundai Ioniq 5 instead, as those models are more affordable and have a longer battery range, while Parkers conclude that better performance can be found in the Tesla range for the same price.

That said, reviewers conclusively agree that the EC40 has considerable driver’s appeal – a strong performance package that can travel from 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds – slightly faster than its SUV brother thanks to its more aerodynamic sloping roofline. A majority of UK outlets were also enthused by the EC40’s interior quality, generous levels of on-board tech available as standard, and practical cabin features.

As of January 2024, the Volvo EC40 holds an Expert Rating of A, with a score of 72%. That makes the coupé-SUV the highest-scoring Volvo model in our Expert Rating Index – five points ahead of its EX40 sibling.

EC40 highlights

  • Generous levels of on-board tech as standard
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Strong performance
  • Comfortable and refined interior
  • Low running costs

EC40 lowlights

  • Undercut by a number of talented rivals
  • Limited rear visibility
  • So-so battery range
  • No traditional PCP finance
  • XC40 Recharge is cheaper and more practical

Key specifications


Body style: Small coupé-SUV
Engines: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £44,800 on-road

Launched: Spring 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Daily Mirror

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Driving Electric

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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The Sun

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 92%
Child protection: 89%
Vulnerable road users: 70%
Safety assist: 89%

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Volvo EC40 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the EC40 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volvo EC40 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the EC40, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models317 milesA261 – 342 milesA – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.2 m/KWhB3.3 – 4.3 m/KWhB – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F34 – 50C – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£224B
Year 2£473A
Year 3£794A
Year 4£781A
Year 5£1,101A
Overall£3,373A

The Volvo EC40 is cheap to run on a daily basis, but its insurance costs could be much higher than you would be expecting, according to whole-life running cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner Clear Vehicle Data.

Its long battery range is quite competitive and the SUV’s electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is good. The even better news is that scheduled servicing costs for the C40 are excellent.

That said, the Volvo’s insurance premiums is estimated to be in the highest bracket.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Volvo EC40, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi Q4 e-tron | Citroën ë-C4 | DS 3 Crossback E-Tense | Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Kia e-Niro | Kia EV6 | Lexus UX Electric | Mazda MX-30 | Mercedes-Benz EQAMG ZS EV | Peugeot e-2008 | Polestar 2 | Skoda Enyaq | Vauxhall Mokka-e | Volkswagen ID.4

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The Volvo EC40 is a coupé-SUV that is both pleasant and potent on the move, but its price tag is too expensive for it to be a sensible choice.Volvo EC40