Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

Price: £49,950 - £56,700

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7/10

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The XC40 Recharge is a high quality, all-electric SUV that has a good driving range. It's a shame that the first edition versions so uncomfortable on rough roads.

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  • Battery size: 78kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 3.32
  • E-Rating™: B

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  • Max charge rate: 125 kW
  • Range: 259 miles
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  • Battery size: 78kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 3.32
  • E-Rating™: B

    Click here to find out more about our electric car Efficiency Rating.​

  • Max charge rate: 125 kW
  • Range: 259 miles
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge front action
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge rear action shot in countryside
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge static side on with interesting building in background
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge static front three quarters with office building in background
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge charge port and socket with cable
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge interior dashboard facia
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge luggage space
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge interior infotainment screen
  • Electrifying.com E-Rating B
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 5/03/2020・Updated: 14/10/2022

Ginny Says

“I'm a big fan of Volvo, who I think have been through a design revolution. But I just couldn't get on with the all-electric version. I think the lower power models will make a little more sense than the top-spec models, as there's not really any need for it to be this fast and it's uncomfortable on rough roads.”

Nicki Says

“This seems to be a 'right-sized' SUV for me. There's plenty of space, technology and performance but it isn't as unnecessarily large as some of the bigger, more expensive electric SUVs. If you don't want to go full electric it also comes in plug-in and hybrid versions.”

The price of the first versions of the all-electric XC40 puts it head-on with the best-selling mid-range Tesla Model 3. But it’s more affordable than many other electric SUVs. Most people are expected to 'subscribe' rather than buy outright though.

  • Price: £53,155 (after grants)
  • Full charge cost (approx. – based on home charging):£12.79
  • Company car tax:0% (2020-2021)
  • Insurance group:TBA
  • Warranty Vehicle:3 year 60,000 mi
  • Warranty Battery& Drive Unit:8 year 100,000 mi

Pricing

The first versions of the XC40 Recharge are priced a little higher than we'd hoped, even though they include insurance and servicing. Cheaper models are being introduced but they still cost £50,000.

It's inevitable that most buyers will compare it to the best-selling Tesla Model 3, and the XC40 is half way between the Long Range and the Performance versions. Both of these are faster and have a longer range, but are not as practical as the SUV-shaped Volvo. 

The XC40 is head to head with Ford's sporty Mustang Mach-e, or if you want to really stretch the budget there are bigger EVs such as the Jaguar I-Pace, where the entry-level models overlap with the top XC40. Don’t necessarily think cars like this are out of reach though; if you are funding your electric car using leasing or PCP/PCH finance, it’s worth checking the deposits and monthly payments as sometimes there is very little difference between a car like the Volvo or Jaguar and something far less posh. Other SUV-shaped rivals include the BMW iX3 and Audi Q4 e-tron.

Running costs

If you are used to running a petrol or diesel SUV, the running costs of an all-electric XC40 are going to be a revelation. Just over a tenner’s worth of electricity from your home charger will take you about 250 miles. The same amount would buy you about 70 miles’ worth at a petrol station. The EV has free servicing and insurance are included in the package for three years too, and of course you’ll be exempt from congestion and emission zone charging in major cities.

The biggest saving will be if you are getting the XC40 Recharge as a company car. The new benefit-in-kind rules mean the pure electric Volvo is rated for tax at just 1% for 2020/21, meaning you’ll save enough out of your wages every year to go on a very nice family holiday.

However, while the savings compared to petrol and diesel cars are massive, the XC40 isn’t actually that efficient in the way it uses electricity compared to its main Tesla rival; the Model 3 costs around 3p per mile to run, while the Volvo is 4.4p. 

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