Volvo XC40 Recharge performance, top speed, motor

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

0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
4.7s112mphFour402bhp

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 noise from the motor and wind and road noise are kept in check, too. Plus, for a relatively small car, it can certainly shift. 

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

The Volvo XC40 Recharge is currently only available with the dual-motor Twin powertrain that uses two electric motors and produces a total of 402bhp. With that much power on tap, this compact family 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. Unfortunately, the single powertrain option available at the moment does contribute to the high starting price, but, we expect a less potent and hopefully more affordable electric variant of the XC40 Recharge to arrive later on. 

There are two levels of brake energy recuperation: 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 that power you have on tap.

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