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Volvo C40 review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Volvo C40 Recharge 2022 interior infotainment
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

An entry-level Volvo C40 Recharge costs slightly more than the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, but it does come with a more powerful electric motor in the first place. The Recharge Twin is fairly expensive, but once you’ve specced an equivalent Q4 Sportback e-tron or Mercedes EQA with four-wheel drive and totted up the equipment roster, it starts to look like reasonable value.

Buyers interested in using a car finance package can only purchase a C40 with a Care by Volvo subscription, which can seem pricey compared with a standard PCP finance deal. The plan includes many motoring costs such as servicing, wear and tear items, tax and breakdown cover to attempt to justify the extra expense. You'll have to pay for your own insurance and electricity, though.

Mid-range Plus adds gesture control for the powered tailgate, a heat pump, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, powered driver’s seat adjustment and auto-dimming door mirrors. There’s also adaptive cruise control and a semi-autonomous driving function that can steer, accelerate and brake for you in certain situations (your hands must always be on the wheel).

Top-spec Ultimate models come with ambient lighting and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo.

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Reliability

As a brand, Volvo came 19th out of 30 manufacturers in the latest 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That's behind BMW and Audi, but ahead of Jaguar, Mercedes and Land Rover.

The C40 Recharge comes as standard with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty, including roadside assistance, a three-year paintwork warranty and 12 years of cover against rust. A few electric SUVs – including the Kia e-Niro – get a seven-year warranty.

Overview

If you’re sold on the looks and can accept the practicality penalties of the Volvo C40, it stacks up well compared with its immediate competition, especially on performance. It’s also a refined and pleasant electric car to drive, justifying its premium billing. The regular Volvo XC40 Recharge offers similar performance and is a better all-rounder, though, so we’d recommend going for that instead.

  • Greater range than an XC40 Recharge
  • Rapid performance
  • Well equipped
  • No traditional PCP finance
  • Smaller boot than XC40 Recharge
  • Tight rear headroom
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Target Price from £47,100
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