Volvo XC40 Recharge electric performance, motor & drive

Stunning performance and superb comfort make for a very appealing combination in the electric XC40

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Performance, motor & drive rating

4.5 out of 5

Model0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
Single-motor7.4s112mphRear235bhp
Twin-motor4.9s112mphFour402bhp

The XC40 Recharge’s fantastic refinement makes it a very relaxing motorway cruiser. While it isn’t as quiet as an Audi e-tron, it’s not far off. There’s very little whine from the motor and wind and road noise are kept in check, too. Plus, for a relatively small car, it can certainly shift. The electric XC40 line-up also received several updates in late 2022, including switching the single-motor version from front to rear-wheel drive.

Volvo XC40 Recharge electric 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

The electric XC40 Recharge is now available with either a single-motor or dual-motor powertrain. The base model uses one electric power to power the rear wheels and produces 235bhp in all. 0-62mph in this version takes 7.4 seconds, which is plenty fast for a family SUV.

Meanwhile, the XC40 Twin gets an extra motor on the front axle and produces a total of 402bhp. With that much power on tap, this compact SUV can go from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds. That shove is available instantly, too – just put your foot down and the XC40 takes off. 

There are two levels of regenerative braking: a coasting mode and a setting to choose how much regenerative braking you want when you lift off the throttle, so one-pedal driving as in the Honda e or Nissan Leaf is also possible.

Handling

The suspension of the XC40 Recharge has been tuned for comfort, so more often than not you just sit back and relax, making it a fantastic commuter and motorway cruiser. But off the motorway, you notice that the XC40 isn’t as sharp to drive as a Jaguar I-Pace or even its sister model the Polestar 2, so you don’t feel compelled to exploit all 402bhp you have on tap if you’re driving the all-wheel-drive version.

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