New 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV: prices, specifications and on-sale date

Volvo’s first all-electric SUV is available to order online now, with a choice of three trim levels and prices starting from £49,950

The Volvo XC40 Recharge – sister car to the Polestar 2 and Volvo C40 electric coupe-SUVs – is available to order online now, either outright or on subscription. The car is available in three trim levels, with a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain and 259-mile driving range.

Three new trim levels have taken the place of the R-Design and Launch Edition options that were initially offered: you can now order the Tesla Model Y rival in Twin, Twin Plus and Twin Pro specs.

The entry-level XC40 Recharge Twin starts from £49,950, while the Twin Plus and the range-topping Twin Pro start from £52,950 and £56,700 respectively (more details below). The ‘Twin’ powertrain name signifies that a less expensive, single-motor XC40 Recharge is on the horizon, much like the more affordable Polestar 2 models announced earlier in 2021.

As opposed to buying the electric SUV outright, Volvo expects 95% of retail customers will go for its new Care by Volvo subscription packages, which the C40 electric coupe-SUV is also available on.

The first subscription package offered for the XC40 Recharge is simply called Care by Volvo, and costs from £619 per month on a three-year term. Unlike a traditional lease, there are no deposit or sign-up fees. Alternatively, you can go for Care by Volvo Flexible, which starts from £769 per month. This is an ‘open-ended’ plan, with a three-month rolling contract, plus you have a 30-day trial period with no notice required.

As well as the car, Volvo’s subscription packages include scheduled servicing, wear-and-tear maintenance, road tax, replacement tyres and roadside assistance. You can add insurance to your plan, too, but that costs extra.

Volvo XC40 Recharge range, battery, power and performance

All XC40 Recharge models currently have a dual-motor setup, with an electric motor on each axle for a total power output of 402bhp and 660Nm of torque. The XC40 Recharge is capable of 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and thanks to its 78kWh battery can cover up to 259 miles on a single charge, depending on which trim level you opt for.

Volvo claims a full top-up from an 11kW Type 2 home wallbox will take less than eight hours, while a 0-80% charge from a 150kW CCS public rapid charger should take around 40 minutes.

Prices, trim levels and features

All XC40 Recharge models come with Volvo’s Android-based operating system, which you can operate using the car's nine-inch central infotainment touchscreen. Services include Google Maps, Google Assistant voice control and access to apps enabled for automotive use through the Google Play Store. If you’re an iPhone user, don’t worry: wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity is also standard.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin (£49,950) also comes with LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, wireless phone charging, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, a powered tailgate, rear parking sensors and 19-inch alloy wheels.

The Twin Plus trim level (£52,950) builds on that with front parking sensors and a rear parking camera. Twin Plus cars also feature power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel, plus a heat pump that reduces energy consumption when heating up the car’s cabin, for improved range in colder weather. 

Top-spec Twin Pro cars (£56,700) come with adaptive cruise control and steering assistance as part of Volvo’s ‘Pilot Assist’ systems. The Twin Pro spec also features a panoramic sunroof, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, 20-inch alloy wheels, leather/nubuck upholstery and a 360-degree parking camera.

Interior and infotainment

Much of the interior of the Volvo XC40 Recharge is carried over from Volvo’s current line-up with the exception of the Android-based infotainment system. This uses technology and services developed by Google, with the aim of “reducing driver distraction” and offering “improved levels of intuitiveness”.

Google Assistant provides voice control of the sat nav, temperature control and in-car media, while Google Maps uses real-time traffic data to avoid congestion. Additional apps are available to download through the Google Play Store. Volvo XC40 Recharge drivers can also use the Volvo On Call app, which allows you to monitor charging sessions remotely, as well as preheat your car before a journey. 

In addition to the 452-litre boot at the rear, the XC40 Recharge also benefits from a 31-litre ‘frunk’ under the bonnet thanks to the absence of an engine – ideal for storing your charging cables.

Safety

Volvo has completely redesigned the front of the XC40 Recharge to cope with the absence of an internal-combustion engine. Elsewhere, the manufacturer has devised an aluminium cage to protect the car’s battery in the event of a collision. This helps create a crumple zone around the cells, which – as is normal in an electric car – are located under the floor.

Volvo says this has the added benefit of reducing the risk of the vehicle rolling over in an accident. The back of the electric XC40 has been reinforced, too: the company says that the “electric powertrain has been integrated with the body structure” to help direct collision forces away from the cabin and any passengers inside.

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