Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric review

Category: Small Electric

Section: Introduction

Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 front right tracking
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  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 rear cornering
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 rear seats
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 infotainment
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 right tracking
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 front tracking
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 headlight detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 badge detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 interior front seats
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 driver display
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 front boot
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 boot open
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 front right tracking
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 rear cornering
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 rear seats
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 infotainment
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 right tracking
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 front tracking
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 headlight detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 badge detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 interior front seats
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 driver display
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 front boot
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 boot open
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Introduction

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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-NiroPeugeot 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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At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £2,191
Target Price from £26,355
Save up to £2,191
or from £305pm
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Nearly new deals
From £32,990
Leasing deals
From £336pm
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
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £96 / £2,905
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £193 / £5,811
Available colours