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Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Introduction

Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 front right cornering
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  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 right tracking
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 left front tracking
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior front seats
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior speakers detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior USB detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 boot open detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 rear static boot open
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 front right cornering
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 rear right cornering
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 right tracking
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 left front tracking
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior front seats
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior speakers detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 interior USB detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 boot open detail
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2022 rear static boot open
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Introduction

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, the petrol engines are mild hybrids, there’s a plug-in hybrid with a 28-mile electric range, and this electric SUV 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 other 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 Niro EV, Audi Q4 E-Tron and Volkswagen ID 4.

So, how does the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric compare with all of those rivals, and should it be number one on your electric car shopping list? Read on over the next few pages of this review to find out. We'll cover performance, interior quality, boot space, running costs and more.

By the way, we have a full separate review of the standard Volvo XC40 and the Volvo C40 Recharge electric coupé SUV, which has a lot in common with the XC40 Recharge.

Whichever car ticks all your boxes, remember that if you do decide to buy a vehicle of any make and model, you could save yourself thousands of pounds by trying the free What Car? New Car Buying service, which includes lots of great new electric SUV deals.

FAQs

  • The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric didn’t feature in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Volvo as a brand did – and it didn’t fare too well. It finished in the bottom half of the manufacturers table, in 19th place out of 30 car makers included. All new Volvos come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is fairly standard. Read more here

  • The official range of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is up to 264 miles for the two-wheel-drive version, and 259 miles if you go for the quicker four-wheel-drive model. In the real world, it’s unlikely to go that far, but that depends on how you drive and other factors. Read more here

  • Mid-range Plus is our chosen trim for the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric because it won’t cost you much more than the entry-level Core but gives you extra standard equipment. That means that, on top of climate control, cruise control and LED lights, you’ll also be getting electrically adjustable seats, a reversing camera and a heat pump. Read more here

  • The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric’s infotainment is displayed on a vertical 9.0in tablet-style display screen in the centre of the dashboard. You get Google Maps and Google Assistant, along with DAB radio, wireless phone-charging and Bluetooth. It’s not the most user-friendly system available, but you can control it with voice controls. Read more here

  • Even the slowest version of the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric gives you decent performance, instantly pushing you into your seat and sprinting from 0-62mph in 7.4sec – faster than the Audi Q4 e-tron 40. You’ll certainly never struggle when it comes to overtaking or joining the motorway. Read more here

  • The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric has a 452-litre boot, which should be more than big enough for most uses. We managed to fit eight carry-on suitcases into it, which is one less than the Volkswagen ID 4 but one more than both the Audi Q4 e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace. What’s more, the Volvo’s boot is a really useful square shape. Read more here

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Target Price from £33,680
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RRP price range £35,830 - £60,300
Number of trims (see all)5
Number of engines (see all)6
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)hybrid, petrol, electric
MPG range across all versions 134.5 - 42.7
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £91 / £3,001
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £183 / £6,001
Available colours