What Car? says...
The evolution of the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric tells you a lot about the changing preferences of car buyers. When the XC40 family SUV line-up was launched, you could get it with regular diesel and petrol engines only. Today, diesels are no longer offered.
What's more, 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 this fully electric version. With a history like that, you might assume the XC40 was a withered old car with a life spanning many decades, but the range is barely out of nappies.
The top-spec four-wheel-drive version inches towards the price territory of premium electric SUVs such as the Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace. The cheaper versions also face stiff competition from the closely related Polestar 2, as well as the Tesla Model 3, Lexus UX300e and higher-spec versions of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Kia e-Niro, Peugeot e-2008 and Volkswagen ID.4.
So, how does it compare with all of those rivals, and should it be number one on your small electric car shopping list? Read on through this Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric review to find out. We'll cover performance, interior quality, boot space, running costs and more. (We have a full separate review of the standard Volvo XC40.)
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|RRP price range||£26,355 - £56,700|
|Number of trims (see all)||13|
|Number of engines (see all)||8|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||electric, hybrid, petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||134.5 - 42.1|
|Available doors options||5|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£96 / £2,905|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£193 / £5,811|