Volvo XC40 Recharge electric review: reliability & safety rating
Simple electric drivetrain and Volvo's peerless safety record mean peace of mind for owners here
|5 stars (2018)
Volvo and safety are two words that go together very naturally. Like many of its predecessors, the electric XC40 is packed with lots of safety features, while the petrol version performed exceptionally well when it was put through Euro NCAP crash-testing.
Volvo XC40 Recharge electric reliability & problems
The electric XC40 Recharge hasn't been around that long, so owners haven’t really had a chance to test the reliability of their cars. But you needn’t worry: Volvo performed well in our 2022 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey – placing eighth in the top 30 manufacturers rundown, while the combustion-engine XC40 finished 23rd out of 75 models in the list of best cars to own – pretty impressive given the base car is now over five years old.
Volvo has always been a byword for safety and the XC40 is no different. Back in 2018, the regular XC40 received a five-star rating in Euro NCAP tests, with a 97% score for adult occupant protection and 87% for child protection.
Volvo has packed plenty of safety kit into the XC40 Recharge, including a 360-degree parking camera, blind-spot monitoring and a steering wheel that vibrates if you drift out of lane. Volvo’s safety assistance will also apply the brakes if it detects oncoming traffic, pedestrians or animals and you don’t react.
In This Review
- 1VerdictRecent updates make the electric Volvo XC40 more competitive than ever, but it’s still expensive compared with petrol versions
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe 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 & comfortClassy cabin design and latest software is let down by small central screen; rivals feel more modern
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe electric XC40 isn’t the biggest family SUV, but clever solutions like the cable storage in the nose boost practicality
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingSimple electric drivetrain and Volvo's peerless safety record mean peace of mind for owners here