2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The 2021 Volvo XC40 RECHARGE is a fashionable and practical all-electric vehicle in a growing segment. The XC40 Recharge, which is based on the gasoline-powered XC40 SUV (reviewed separate), is Volvo’s answer for the Tesla Model Y or the Mercedes-Benz EQB. The dual-motor powertrain is powered by a 75-kWh battery and comes standard with all-wheel drive. It also has a total output of 402-hp. It should be fast, with a maximum power output of 402-hp and standard all-wheel drive. Volvo claims that the battery can travel more than 200 miles on a single charge. Although we haven’t been able to test the XC40 Recharge, we did notice a smooth acceleration and a comfortable ride. The XC40 Recharge is also just as charming, spacious and thoughtfully designed than the regular gas-powered model.

What’s new for 2021?

Volvo’s XC40 Recharge, an all-new Volvo model this year, is the Swedish brand’s first foray in all-electric propulsion. This is if you don’t include its Polestar 2 EV.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

Although the XC40 Recharge can be purchased in one trim that starts at just over $55,000 we recommend adding the Climate package for $750. This adds heated rear seats, a heated steering column, and heated headlamp washers. The Advance package ($1300), which includes wireless smartphone charging and a 360-degree exterior camera system as well as Volvo’s semi-autonomous driver mode, seems to be worth the extra cost.

Transmission, Engine, and Performance

Two electric motors will be included in all XC40 Recharge models. One drives the front wheels, the other powers the rears. This gives it full-time all-wheel-drive. The powertrain produces a powerful 402-hp and accelerated the XC40 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds on our track. We were impressed by the Polestar 2’s smooth ride and refined cruising manner during our test drive. We appreciate the convenience of EVs that allow for one-pedal driving.

Range, Charging, Battery Life

Standard equipment includes a 75 kWh battery pack. EPA estimates that the XC40 recharge will travel 208 miles on a single charge. The XC40 Recharge’s range promise places it in a position that allows it to compete with the Audi e-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace and the Jaguar I-Pace. However, this is a disadvantage over a Model Y which can go more than 300 miles per charged. The XC40 recharge will be able to charge at DC fast charging terminals and at home chargers via a 240 volt outlet.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The EPA gave the XC40Recharge fuel economy ratings at 85 MPGe in cities and 72 MPGe on the highway. The 2021 XC40 recharge delivered 76 MPGe on our 75-mph highway fuel efficiency test route and continued for 180 miles before it needed to be recharged.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The XC40 Recharge’s cabin has everything we love about the standard XC40. It features thoughtful cubby storage and spacious seating for the first and second rows. The XC40’s cargo space has not been reduced by moving to an EV engine. We expect the Recharge model will hold as many carry-on bags as the gasoline-powered model. The XC40 was able to hold 23 suitcases when the rear seats were folded. The absence of a four-cylinder engine underneath the hood makes it possible to install a front trunk (frunk) which can be used as a storage area for the XC40 Recharge’s charging cables.

Infotainment & Connectivity

Instead of using Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment systems, the XC40 Recharge will be launched with a new generation software created in collaboration with Google’s Android Automotive. Polestar 2, the XC40 Recharge’s corporate counterpart, also has such an infotainment platform. We found it to be easy-to-use and quick in its operation. It will also include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, which can be customized with many options. The new infotainment system, despite the collaboration with Google will offer connectivity options for both Android devices and Apple iPhones. A wireless charging pad is also available.

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