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New Honda e:Ny1 vs used Volvo XC40 Recharge verdict

For the eco-conscious family, an electric SUV can be an enticing prospect, but should they splash out on a new e:Ny1 or go for a used, similarly priced XC40 Recharge?...

New Honda e:Ny1 vs used Volvo XC40 Recharge

Our verdict

The Honda e:Ny1 is a much more convincing effort than the Honda E, with well-judged driving manners and a generous kit list. However, its range is well adrift of what the best of its new rivals can deliver, and its interior quality doesn’t befit its price.

Price is also a problem with the Volvo XC40 Recharge, particularly if you’re buying on PCP finance. But it’s strong in the other areas where its rival struggles, and generally it feels every bit the well-rounded, premium product. We’d therefore go for the used option here – preferably with the latest battery for even more range.

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1st – Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge front cornering

For Quicker; longer range; faster charging; higher-quality interior; bigger boot
Against Unsettled ride around town; fiddly climate controls; pricier on PCP finance

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

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2nd – Honda e:Ny1

Honda e:Ny1 front cornering

For More nimble at low speeds; lots of kit; free service plan; better infotainment
Against Limited real-world range; fidgety motorway ride; pronounced motor noise 

What Car? says 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Honda e:Ny1 Advance

Engine Electric motor
Power 201bhp
0-60mph 7.2sec
Top speed 99mph
Real-world range (est) 173 miles
Official range 256 miles

Specifications: Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin AWD Ultimate 

Engine Two electric motors
Power 402bhp
0-60mph 4.6sec
Top speed 112mph
Real-world range (est) 203 miles
Official range 270 miles

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