Volvo XC40 Recharge hybrid running costs
As with so many plug-in hybrids, the XC40 Recharge makes the most sense for company-car users
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|32||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 18,000 miles||From £938 / £1,376|
Reduced running costs are a major benefit of plug-in hybrids, but these are most often manifested in lower fuel bills – the XC40 will be a bit more expensive to insure than its purely internal-combustion-engined counterparts and won't cost any less to service at your Volvo dealer. VED (road tax) is marginally cheaper than for an equivalent petrol or diesel XC40.
It's a different story for company-car users, though – with a BiK percentage from 12% for the Recharge T4 in R-Design trim, 20% taxpayers are only liable for £938 per year. That's a big saving over an equivalent D3 diesel in the same trim, which has a 34% rating, equating to £2,353 a year for a 20% taxpayer, or £4,706 for 40% earners.
Volvo XC40 Recharge insurance group
One downside of plug-in hybrid ownership can be higher insurance costs, due in part to the technology on board and the associated repair costs should the worst happen. The result in the XC40's case is a group 32 rating for all Recharge T5 models, up from group 18 for the entry-level T2 petrol in Momentum Core trim. Insurance information for the Recharge T4 isn't yet available, but don't expect a big drop compared the T5.
All Volvos are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, while the XC40's lithium-ion battery pack is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles. For reference, BMW offers a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty on its X1 plug-in hybrid, but with a shorter (six-year/60,000-mile) battery warranty.
Exact service intervals vary depending on use, but the good news is that Volvo offers a number of service plans to help spread the cost over two, three, four, five or six years. Plans can be purchased up to 48 months after your car is registered, and include 12 months' Volvo Assistance cover.
Depending on specification, first-year road tax for the XC40 hybrid will be £10 or £25 – this is rolled into the on-the-road price. After that, you pay £140 per year to tax the Recharge T4 models, but as the Recharge T5s cost more than £40,000, you have to pay an additional £325 a year in years two to six of ownership, for a total annual bill of £465 during that time.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe XC40 Recharge brings plug-in technology to the smallest Volvo, but it may be worth waiting for the fully electric version
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe XC40 is efficient and offers a good all-electric range, but you need to keep its battery topped up for the best economy
- 3Running costs - currently readingAs with so many plug-in hybrids, the XC40 Recharge makes the most sense for company-car users
- 4Engines, drive & performanceIt's not the most thrilling car to drive, but the XC40 Recharge has a very well implemented hybrid drivetrain
- 5Interior & comfortThe XC40 is a comfortable and spacious car with lots of kit – but it'll be improved when Volvo's new infotainment system arrives
- 6Practicality & boot spaceIt's one of the smaller plug-in hybrid SUVs around, but the XC40 is still a practical car for small families
- 7Reliability & safetyVolvo is famed for its safety record and there's not much to worry about on the reliability front either