Volvo XC40 Recharge electric range, battery & charging
The electric XC40 has received a range boost for 2023, while rapid charging speeds remain competitive for its class
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Single-motor||286 miles||10hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||27mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
|Twin-motor||312 miles||12hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||27mins (10-80%, 200kW)|
Two versions of the XC40 Recharge are available, both of which received range boosts in late 2022. The entry-level, single-motor model features a 67kWh battery, while the range-topping twin version is now fitted with a 78kWh battery. The XC40 Twin is also capable of slightly faster rapid charging speeds than the base model – 200kW rather than 150kW.
Volvo XC40 Recharge electric range
The entry-level XC40 Recharge single-motor now offers 286 miles of range – up 25 miles. This extra range boost has been achieved with the switch from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive, according to Volvo. The dual-motor XC40 also gained some extra range in late 2022, and can now cover up to 312 miles on a charge – compared to 259 miles when it launched.
We haven't drive the updated versions of the electric XC40 yet, so we can't speak to how efficient they are in the real world. But thanks to their recent updates, the XC40 Recharge's range is now on par with rivals like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Audi Q4 e-tron and Polestar 2.
When we tested the dual-motor XC40 in 2021 it returned around 200-230 miles of range. If you don’t commute vast distances or plan on using the electric XC40 for long road trips very often, that should be plenty for most drivers.
Run the battery flat, fully recharging it at home from a standard 7.4kW wallbox will take over 12 hours for the twin-motor model, or just under 11 hours for the entry-level version. Alternatively, if your property has three-phase electricity, the XC40 Recharge can take advantage of faster 11kW home charging, reducing those times to just under seven and just over eight hours respectively for the smaller and larger batteries.
The XC40 Twin boasts a slightly faster maximum charging rate of 200kW, up from 150kW in the single-motor version. But because of the larger battery in the Twin version, a 10-80% top-up in both models takes just under half-an-hour from a suitably fast rapid charger.
In This Review
- 1VerdictDespite it being based on an existing petrol-engined model, there’s plenty to recommend about the Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingThe electric XC40 has received a range boost for 2023, while rapid charging speeds remain competitive for its class
- 3Running costs & insuranceAffordable company-car tax and infrequent servicing count in the electric XC40's favour here
- 4Performance, motor & driveStunning performance and superb comfort make for a very appealing combination in the electric XC40
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortUp-to-date infotainment, classy design and high quality come together inside the electric XC40
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe electric XC40 should have sufficient passenger and luggage space for most families' needs
- 7Reliability & safety ratingSimple electric drivetrain and Volvo's peerless safety record mean peace of mind for owners here