Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 reliability & safety

Simple electric drivetrain and Volvo's peerless safety record mean peace of mind for owners here

Volvo XC40 P8
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.5 out of 5

Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2018)97%87%76%

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 P8 reliability & problems

The XC40 P8 has just launched, so owners haven’t really had a chance to test the reliability of their cars. But you needn’t worry: Volvo performed well in the most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction survey – placing 10th in the top 30 manufacturers rundown. One of the few complaints Volvo owners listed was in regards to running costs, and that’s unlikely to be cause for concern here.

Safety

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 P8, 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.

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