Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric review

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Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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The evolution of the Volvo XC40 family SUV line-up tells you a lot about the changing preferences of car buyers. When it launched, you could buy it with regular diesel and petrol engines only. Today, diesels are no longer offered, most of the petrol engines are mild hybrids, there’s a plug-in hybrid with a 21-mile electric range, and now, as bang-on-trend as it gets, we have the fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric.

With a history like that, you might assume the Volvo XC40 is a withered old car with a life spanning many decades, but it’s barely out of nappies. In fact, the XC40's rapid evolution was intended from the outset, with the Recharge Pure Electric always part of Volvo’s grand plan: to propel itself towards a future that will see electric cars account for half its sales in just a few years’ time.

The XC40’s already moved the goalposts in the family SUV class (it won our overall What Car? Car of the Year Award when it arrived), so can the fully electric version achieve a similar impact? Right now, the only version you can buy is the high-spec P8 First Edition model. That comes with a 78kWh battery, 402bhp, a 260-mile range and a hefty price tag that encroaches into the territory of premium electric SUVs – cars like the Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace. Cheaper versions are on the horizon, though, which will broaden its rivals to include the very closely related Polestar 2 and the Tesla Model 3, as well as top-spec versions of the Kia e-Niro and Peugeot e-2008

So how does the Volvo XC40 Recharge compare to all of those rivals, and should it be number one on your electric car shopping list? Read on to find out. And, whichever car ticks your boxes, remember that our New Car Buying service is on hand to make the process of finding a great deal silky smooth.

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