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Volvo EX40

(2021 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

63
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

67
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

63
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

67
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

Summary


The Volvo EX40 is Volvo’s first full-electric car and as its name suggests, an electric version of the Swedish brand’s mid-sized XC40 crossover. However underneath, its electric drivetrain is similar to that of the Polestar 2 from the Volvo spin-off brand.

Initially launched as the XC40 Recharge, the model was renamed in 2024 to match the naming strategy deployed with brand’s the newer electric EX30 and EX90 models.

The initial model on sale is the range-topper – this uses two 204hp electric motors, one on each axle to give it full all-wheel-drive capability, and a 78kWh battery pack. Front-wheel-drive variants will be added to the line-up later in 2021.

It’s a fast EV this one, hitting 62mph from rest in under five seconds. Official WLTP range is close to 250 miles, and using a 150kWh fast charger the battery can be replenished to 80% capacity in 40 minutes.

General equipment levels are extensive too, which they should be for the price. Most of the Volvo options list is supplied on the car including a powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree camera and wireless phone chargers.

The EX40 also debuts Volvo’s new Android-based infotainment system which makes use of such apps as Google maps – reviewers are split on the system’s effectiveness compared to conventional rivals.   

As of February 2024, the Volvo EX40 has an Expert Rating of B, with a score of 67%.

EX40 highlights

  • Fast acceleration and good range
  • Silent operation
  • Good quality cabin finish
  • Extensive equipment

EX40 lowlights

  • Initial models too expensive
  • Soft suspension
  • Android infotainment system not as good as rivals
  • Some loss of boot space + cable take up a lot of room

Key specifications


Body style: Compact SUV/crossover
Powertrain: electric motor, battery-powered
Price: From £49,950 on-road

Launched: Winter 2020/21
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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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: July 2018
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 97%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 71%
Safety assist: 76%

The Volvo EX40 was awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP in 2021, based on the 2018 testing of the regular petrol and diesel XC40.

Other safety awards of note

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Volvo EX40 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 EX40 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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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volvo EX40 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the EX40, 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 models308 milesA249 – 334 milesA – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.1 m/KWhC3.2 – 4.2 m/KWhB – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F32 – 50C – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£224B
Year 2£473A
Year 3£794A
Year 4£781A
Year 5£1,101A
Overall£3,373A

Running costs for the Volvo EX40 range are a mixed bag, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

It’s electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is neither great nor poor, while insurance premiums are in the most expensive bracket. Just as well then that the Recharge’s scheduled servicing costs are excellent of the course of the first five years of ownership.

In addition, an official battery range of 308 miles (which varies from 249 miles to 334 miles, depending on which model you choose) competitive at the top of its class. So you shouldn’t need to worry about running out of charge in normal day-to-day driving.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Volvo EX40, 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 EQA | MG ZS EV | Peugeot e-2008 | Polestar 2 | Skoda Enyaq | Vauxhall Mokka-e | Volkswagen ID.4

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The Volvo EX40 is an impressive, fast and well-built electric crossover, but it isn't as spacious as its ICE-powered XC40 counterpart.Volvo EX40