Here to clear the air

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Priced from £40,000-£53,155

We think that this family car slots nicely into a gap in the market for a high quality, all-electric SUV that has a good driving range. It's one to watch and we'll be driving it soon.

  • Battery size: 78kWh
  • Miles per £: 22.7
  • Battery warranty: 8 year / 100,000 miles
  • Emissions: 0 g/km
  • Range: 248 miles

Ginny Says

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9/10

“Nobody has driven this yet, but from what I've seen and heard it's one to look forward to. I'm a big fan of Volvo, who I think have been through a design revolution, and this will fill a gap for a mid-range luxury SUV powered by pure electricity. Sign-up for our updates and you'll be the first to know when we drive it.”

Nicki Says

9/10

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“Volvo does conscious motoring better than anyone else, and the all-electric Recharge XC40 SUV is looking like it’ll be a winner. Twin motors, 402bhp and 248 miles of range, all wrapped in handsome, modern-looking small SUV. Also comes in plug-in and hybrid versions. ”

Here at Electrifying.com we get asked for car buying advice all of the time. When people want to know about an electric hatchback, we can provide a long list of possible candidates. The same goes for posh electric SUVs if you’ve got £60,000 or more to spend. But in the space in between, there’s virtually nothing. The Tesla Model 3 has this gap virtually to itself, and although it’s a fine car it isn’t the most practical as it has a boot rather than a hatch.

What it seems the world is waiting for is a pure electric SUV which is more affordable than an Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace but a step above something like an MG SV. That car could well be the Volvo XC40 Recharge.

When it goes on sale later this year it’ll cost £53,155, with cheaper versions being introduced in 2021. That’s still a lot of money, but the Volvo does seem like a pretty attractive package. 

For starters, it is really fast. Its two motors produce 402bhp, which is more than a Porsche 911. In fact, each of those two motors is more powerful than the top-of-the-range petrol engine in the XC40 line up. 

If you don’t use too much of that performance when driving the official figures suggest you’ll be able to travel about 248 miles before needing a charge. When you finally do need to plug in, it’ll accept one of the new 150kW rapid chargers, allowing you to get to 80% capacity in about 40 minutes.

It’s not the only interesting technology in the XC40. It will be the first car to feature Volvo’s new infotainment system which is powered by Google’s Android operating system. It’s supposed to have the best voice recognition of any car and, just like Teslas, it will get updates over the airwaves so it can have the latest apps and software. You wake up one morning and your car will have upgraded itself.

The rest of the car is pretty much standard XC40, which means it’s got a lovely interior, and although the boot is a bit smaller than the non-electric version, you do get an extra 31 litre compartment under the bonnet to store your charge cables.

So the XC40 seems like a pretty good bet, but there are still a few months before the first cars will be delivered (and we can get behind the wheel to tell you how it drives) and a lot can change in the electric car world in that time. Not least the arrival of the SUV-shaped, more practical Tesla Model Y. That’s sure to be an interesting battle, so keep an eye out for the first reviews on electrifying.com.

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