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Volvo XC40 Recharge

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Volvo XC40 Recharge

(2021 – present)

    Summary


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

    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.

    For now you can only buy a top-spec First Edition model with a whopping price tag of around £60,000, so no plug-in Government grant to lessen the pain. The range-topping status does mean an excellent safety package, a core feature of Volvos – a wide range of active safety features come fitted as standard.

    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 XC40 Recharge 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.   

    Most reviews suggest the electric XC40 will be more attractive once the range expands to include cheaper, lower-spec versions.

    The Volvo XC40 Recharge has an Expert Rating of 71%, based on 20 reviews. This score is dragged down by a poor review from the Telegraph, which only gave it two stars. As the range expands, it’s likely that this score will improve to draw closer to the regular XC40’s score of 78%.

    XC40 Recharge highlights

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

    XC40 Recharge 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


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    Safety rating


    No safety rating

    As of July 2022, the Volvo XC40 Recharge has not been assigned a safety rating by Euro NCAP. The regular petrol and diesel XC40 was awarded a five-star rating back in 2018, however this rating does not currently apply to the electric version.

    Based on every other Volvo in the current range – as well as the related Polestar 2 – it is highly likely that the XC40 Recharge will score highly when it is assessed.

    Once the XC40 Recharge has been put through its paces by Euro NCAP, we will publish the results here.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of July 2022, the Volvo XC40 Recharge 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 XC40 Recharge 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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    As of July 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volvo XC40 Recharge 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 XC40 Recharge, we’ll publish the score here.

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