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.”

Volvo XC40 Recharge charge port and socket with cable

With a 250-mile range and the ability to be rapid charged at up to 150kW, the XC40 Recharge will have enough practicality for most drivers.

  • Range:259 miles
  • Battery:78kWh
  • Home wallbox/Public charger (7kW):11 hrs
  • Fast charging 20-80% (50kW):65 mins
  • Super Fast charging 20-80% (150kW):40 mins

Range

With an official range of 256 miles between charges, the XC40 should have enough to be practical for most drivers. Even if the real-world range is nearer 200 miles in our experience, it should still be plenty for most drivers, meaning you could charge once a week and do 25 miles a day on your commute.  If you need to do a longer journey it could go from Newcastle to Birmingham without having to stop.

Battery

At 78kWh, the XC40’s battery size is between smaller, cheaper electric cars such as the Kia e-Niro and the bigger SUVs like the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X. That’s still pretty big, so the cells have been stashed underneath the floor and rear seats, where they can be safely protected in an accident. This does mean the XC40 doesn’t have quite as much clearance between the bottom of the floor and the road, which might be an issue if you need an SUV to drive on rough roads. 

Volvo is pretty generous with its warranty on the battery, guaranteeing it will retain at least 78% of its capacity after 8 years or 100,000 miles. 

Charging

One of the XC40’s key selling points is the ease and speed of its charging options. Most owners will plug in at home, and if you use Volvo’s recommended wall box it will supply 11kW – if you’re lucky enough to have a (rare) three-phase supply at home. That’s faster than the 7kW you’d normally get from a home or roadside point and will completely replenish the battery in about five and a half hours. 

If you’re desperate, Volvo also supplies a three-pin plug but it will take about two complete days to charge. That might be OK if you are on holiday or staying at your gran’s house, but isn’t going to work every day. 

At the opposite end of the scale, the XC40 will take a 150kW DC rapid charge at motorway services and many other public places. It can top up to 80% capacity in about 40 minutes, but if you just need a quick zap to get you home, it will deliver 60 miles of range in about 10 minutes.

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