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Volvo C40 Recharge review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Introduction

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  • Volvo C40 Recharge 2022 interior infotainment
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  • Volvo C40 Recharge 2022 headlight detail
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  • Volvo C40 Recharge 2022 charging socket detail
  • Volvo C40 Recharge 2022 interior front seats
  • Volvo C40 Recharge 2022 interior driver display
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Volvo is bang on trend with the Volvo C40 Recharge. Not only is it a sleek-styled coupé SUV, but it’s also a pure electric car – and the interior is leather-free to appeal to vegans.

Wealthy vegans at any rate, because the C40 is pitched against top-end versions of the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron and Mercedes EQA. There’s a selection of three trim levels, and the choice of a front-wheel-drive version with one motor or a four-wheel-drive version with two (one for each axle).

So should you buy one over the less expensive Volvo XC40 Recharge? That’s a good question, because they have the same underpinnings and are equally powerful.

Read on through this Volvo C40 Recharge review to find out more. We'll tell you how it compares with the best electric SUVs and whether it's worth the extra expense over the less sleek XC40 Recharge. We’ll also rate its performance, practicality, safety, cost of ownership and other qualities.

When you've decided which make and model of car to buy, we can help you make sure you don't pay over the odds for it. Just search our free What Car? New Car Buying service to find some of the best prices currently available. It includes lots of great new Volvo deals.

FAQs

  • The C40 Recharge was too new to feature in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey but Volvo as a brand came an unspectacular 19th out of 30 car makers. Every C40 Recharge is covered by a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, while its battery is covered by an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty. Read more here

  • The C40 Recharge’s electric range depends on which of the two battery options you go for. The entry-level model has a 69kWh battery pack and can officially go up to 269 miles between charges, while the larger 78kWh version can take you up to 273 miles. Read more here

  • We think the single-motor, front-wheel drive C40 Recharge with the smaller 69kWh battery pack is the best bet for most buyers. It has 228bhp for plenty of punch, and can accelerate to 62mph in just 7.4sec. We think mid-range Plus trim will suit most buyers best. It includes a heat pump, heated front and rear seats, and adaptive cruise control. Read more here

  • The main difference is in how much equipment you get and the price. The C40 Recharge Plus has most needs covered for a sensible price, with a powered tailgate, a powered driver’s seat and other useful items. Ultimate trim is more expensive, and adds ambient interior lighting and an upgraded stereo system. Read more here

  • It’s likely to be very safe. No matter which version of the C40 Recharge you go for, you’ll get automatic emergency braking (AEB), traffic-sign recognition and a system to stop you drifting into an oncoming lane. The model received a full five stars out of five when it was tested by the safety experts at Euro NCAP. Read more here

  • We managed to fit five carry-on suitcases in the 413-litre boot of the C40 Recharge, which is less than in the (non-electric) Volvo XC40. At least the boot has no loading lip and comes with an electric tailgate as standard. The C40 also has a second storage area under the bonnet for the charging cables. Read more here

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £1,000
Target Price from £47,100
Save up to £1,000
or from £511pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Leasing deals
From £517pm
RRP price range £47,100 - £61,950
Number of trims (see all)3
Number of engines (see all)2
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)electric
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £94 / £124
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £188 / £248
Available colours