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Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric 2021 infotainment
  • 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
  • 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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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

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is not cheap. The entry-level model costs as much as an entry-level Audi Q4 E-Tron and a mid-spec Skoda Enyaq iV. Top-spec Ultimate models with the twin motors do undercut the Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace on price, but not by enough to stop buyers considering them as alternatives. However, the XC40 does come with an unconventional buying method called Care by Volvo, a subscription service that lets you lease it with all maintenance and running costs other than electricity included.

It's quite pricey, but – while eye-watering by the standards of some less premium rivals – is comparable to the conventional PCP monthly finance costs of plenty of posher alternatives, including the Lexus UX300e and E-tron. You can’t buy the XC40 Recharge at the end of this mobile phone-like contract, though, as you can with conventional PCP finance. There is no traditional PCP finance on offer – the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is a cash or monthly subscription purchase only.

Equipment, options and extras

The entry-level Core trim gives you the basics, including 19in alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control, automatic wipers and LED lights. Mid-spec Plus – our preferred trim – adds keyless entry, heated and electrically adjustable front seats, a reversing camera and a heat pump that’s more efficient at heating up the interior and improves the car’s driving range in winter conditions.

Overview

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric has an appealing interior, a decent electric range, rapid performance and impressive safety credentials. It’s expensive next to many rivals, but the lower-spec models stack up fairly well next to similarly premium (if often larger and, in some cases, more fun) alternatives.

  • High-quality interior
  • Strong performance
  • Decent range
  • Expensive next to many rivals
  • Fiddly infotainment menus
  • No traditional PCP finance
New car deals
Save up to £1,776
Target Price from £26,515
Save up to £1,776
or from £307pm
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Leasing deals
From £399pm