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      Launch year
      2021
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      EV
David Ross

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David Ross

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Volvo's first all-electric car

Best bits

  • Volvo’s first EV
  • Impressive range of 250 miles
  • Charges to 80% in just 40 minutes

Not so great

  • Expensive list prices
  • A long waiting list
  • A Kia E-Niro is much cheaper and has a longer range

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Volvo XC40 Recharge Front Side View

Overall verdict

Volvo XC40 Recharge Driver's Seat

On the inside

Volvo XC40 Recharge Front Side View

Driving

Volvo XC40 Recharge Charging Port

How much does it cost to run

Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric Infotainment

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"Volvo has made headlines for its drive to have a purely electric car range and the XC40 Recharge is the first step. However, it’s very expensive even when compared to other electric cars, some with better ranges. Yes it’s very fast but we expect that like us, many people will see it as too pricey to switch from a petrol or diesel."

Volvo XC40 Recharge Front Side View

Volvo's first all-electric car - the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – offers a range of 249 miles and starts at £53,155, with UK deliveries expected to start in early 2021.

With two electric motors, the four-wheel-drive XC40 has a total output of 408PS and 660Nm of torque. Power comes from a 78kWh battery located beneath the car's floor and capable of being charged to 80 per cent in around 40 minutes. Charging is available through an 11kW AC charger or a 150kW DC fast-charger.

The electric XC40 will cover 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, says Volvo, while top speed is limited to 112mph. Although cheaper, the XC40 Recharge will compete with the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X.

The Swedish manufacturer is aiming for all-electric vehicles to make up for half of its global sales by 2025, with hybrids accounting for the rest. All plug-in cars, including electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, will wear the Recharge badge.


If you're looking for the standard model, you need our Volvo XC40 (2018-) review.


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Volvo XC40 Recharge Driver's Seat

On the inside

Volvo XC40 Recharge Front Side View

Driving

Volvo XC40 Recharge Charging Port

How much does it cost to run

Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric Infotainment

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Volvo XC40 electric?

The Volvo XC40 Recharge is electric. It's as easy to live with as the normal car but it's zero-emissions electric powertrain means it's exempt from paying inner city tariffs like the London Congestion Charge.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Is the Volvo XC40 worth the money?

The Volvo XC40 is worth the money if you want a small, funky SUV that's practical and very safe. It's a comfortable car to drive and comes with autonomous driving aids that take the sting out of long journeys.

Keith Moody

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Keith Moody

How long will it take to charge my Volvo XC40 Recharge?

It'll take around 36hrs to fill the Volvo XC40 Recharge's empty battery using a three-pin plug, but just 7.5hrs if you use a 11kW wall-mounted charger.

Russ Campbell

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Russ Campbell

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