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2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric SUV Review- Trims,Charging Time,Range,Features,Performance, Rivals

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November 09, 2020 at 05:05 AM

On the ambitious path towards sustainability, the Swedish automaker Volvo presents its first-ever all-electric SUV, the 2021 XC40 Recharge P8 AWD. It is powered by a 78 kWh battery putting out 402 hp and offering over 200 miles of range on a single charge. The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric also features an industry-first Google Android infotainment system. Its prices start at $53,990 and sales will begin towards the end of 2020.

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Abiding by its promise, Volvo has unveiled its first-ever all-electric 2021 XC40 Recharge small SUV. This will be the first Volvo to receive software and technical updates over the air. Based on the gas-powered XC40 SUV, the new XC40 Recharge P8 AWD will compete against the Tesla Model Y, Mercedes-Benz EQC, and Jaguar I-Pace. Volvo's electric drivetrain includes a 78 kWh battery pack powering a dual-motor setup with a total output of 402-hp and standard all-wheel drive.

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That means the XC40 Recharge will be able to race past 60 MPH in 4.7 seconds. At the same time, it will be capable of offering 200+ miles of pure electric driving range. It also gets a unique front grille and there are no tailpipes at the rear but apart from that, it carries over the similar exterior and interior styling as the XC40. Likewise, a vast majority of the XC40 Recharge’s interior also offers the same level of practicality. Volvo has announced that the 2021 XC40 Recharge will go on sale later this year and prices will start at $53,990.

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

Model Specs

Price Range

$53,990

Release Date

Fall 2020

Engine

Dual Electric Motors

Transmission

Automatic w/OD

Drivetrain

AWD

Trims

XC40 Recharge P8 AWD

Colors

Black Stone/Onyx Black Metallic/Fusion Red Metallic/Thunder Grey Metallic/Glacier Silver Metallic/Sage Green/Crystal White Pearl/Bursting Blue Metallic

Changes

All-new model for 2021


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What will be the Trims and Features of the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge?

The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge is the company's first all-electric vehicle. It will mark the start of a new evolution in creating a cleaner environment for all. The Recharge pure electric small SUV is based on Volvo's hot seller, the XC40. Only, instead of a conventional gasoline engine, it comes with two electric motors, each mounted on the front and rear axels. The motors are powered by a 78 kWh battery pack located on the floor of this small luxury SUV. This gives it a better center of gravity than its conventional sibling.

Trims

XC40 Recharge P8

MSRP (AWD)

$53,990

Key Features

Panoramic Sunroof w/Power Sunshade

  19-inch Alloy Wheels
  12.3-inch Driver Display
  9.0-inch Tablet-like Touchscreen
  Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control w/CleanZone
  Four USB-C Ports
  Rear Park Assist Camera

Being so compact in size, the Volvo XC40 Recharge will be a great car to hop around the city, and when you fancy a long drive, it also provides an approximate range of 200 plus miles, which is brilliant for a compact SUV. The electrification of the powertrain also means zero emissions, while the standard AWD setup delivers uncompromised performance at all times. The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD will be the stand-alone model priced at $53,990. Its owners will also be eligible for federal tax incentives of up to $7,500.

How impressive is the Powertrain Technology of the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge?

The XC40 Recharge has two electric motors, one powering each axle, giving it full-time all-wheel drive. The powertrain produces an impressive 402-hp and 486 lb-ft torque, which makes it significantly more powerful than the 187 hp gasoline engine of the XC40. Not only that, but the Recharge's powertrain puts out more horses than the Model Y, and pricier I-Pace and EQC.

Though Not much information was provided about the regenerative braking system, Volvo says that aggressive regenerative braking allows for one-pedal driving, which is a desirable and convenient EV feature. In total the electric XC40 will come with three modes: a ‘one-pedal driving’ mode, a mild regen mode, and a freewheeling mode.

Models

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

2021 Tesla Model Y

2021 Jaguar I-Pace

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC

MSRP

$53,990

$52,990 

$69,850 

$69,000 (Est)

Engine

Dual Electric Motors

Permanent Magnet AC Motor

Dual Electric Motors

Dual 3-Phase Asynchronous Motors

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

Automatic w/OD

Single-Speed Direct Drive

Single-Speed Epicyclic

Single-Speed Automatic

Power

402hp

346hp

395hp

402hp

Torque

486lb-ft

389lb-ft

513lb-ft

561lb-ft

This, Volvo's first-ever all-electric car is based on its Compact Modular Architecture platform just like the XC40, and Polestar 2. An impressive liquid-cooled 78-kWh battery pack is mounted between an electric motor on each axle makes for impressive performance. Its maximum tow rating of 2,000 pounds, however, is considerably less than the 3,500 lbs maximum towing capacity of the regular XC40.

How quickly will the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Accelerate from 0-60 MPH?

The XC40's battery-powered drivetrain comes standard with a 75 kWh battery pack mounted between an electric motor on each axle. Volvo claims the XC40 Recharge P8 has a range of more than 200 miles per charge. So it does what an EV should do best.

Models

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

2021 Tesla Model Y

2021 Jaguar I-Pace

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC

0-60 MPH

4.7 sec 4.8 sec 4.5 sec 4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A 12.7 sec 12.6 sec N/A

Top Speed

112 MPH 135 MPH 124 MPH 112 MPH

Though, noiseless drivability isn't all the EVs are capable of delivering. They are also extremely responsive and quite a hoot to drive. With all 486 lb-ft of torque being available on tap, the 2021 XC40 Recharge P8 AWD will be able to accelerate to 60 MPH from zero in just 4.7 seconds. That is almost 2.0 seconds quicker than the 0-60 MPH timing of the gas-powered XC40!


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What MPGe figures will the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge offer?

The EPA is yet to release the fuel efficiency estimates for the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge nor has it certified the SUV's driving range. Though, we expect the all-electric XC40 to surpass Volvo's claimed driving range of 200+ miles. Its MPG is expected to be better than the 75 MPGe of EQC and 76 MPGe of I-Pace, in the mixed driving conditions.

What's more, for a pleasing driving experience, engineers at Volvo have introduced the structural reinforcements surrounding the battery which increase the stiffness of the vehicle, while the battery pack itself lowers the center of gravity compared to a gas-powered XC40. However, it adds about 1,100 pounds to the curb weight of a comparable XC40, and hence it might affect the efficiency and range of the vehicle adversely. 

Models

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

2021 Tesla Model Y

2021 Jaguar I-Pace

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC

MPGE (City)

N/A

N/A

80

80

MPGE (Highway)

N/A

N/A

72

70

MPGE (Combined)

N/A

N/A

76

75

Range

200 miles

316 miles

234 miles

279 miles

Though XC40 Recharge P8 AWD's MPG is still unknown, the similar Polestar 2 has a staggering 148 MPGe combined, that's the best among the all-electric car segment. When it’s time to recharge, the XC40 Recharge P8 will be capable of charging at DC fast-charging stations or via a 240-volt outlet home charger. Volvo claims it goes from 10% to 80% battery capacity in about 40 minutes when using a 150-kW DC Fast Charger.

Is the Interior of the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge a nice place to be in?

The 2021 XC40's ultra-modern interior carries over to the Recharge P8 AWD. Although a new Google-developed Android interface now powers the center touchscreen. The cabin of the XC40 Recharge offers a comfortable driving position and a practical space in both rows. 

Unlike some combustion-engine cars converted to electric power, the XC40 Recharge does not compromise on the interior space or comfort of the passengers, it has not lost any of its cargo space either. In fact, it offers more cargo space than a gas-powered XC40, that is, at the front - the absence of the engine enables a small frunk.

Models

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

2021 Tesla Model Y

2021 Jaguar I-Pace

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC

Seating Capacity

5

5 or 7

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.0/56.7/40.9

41/56.4/41.8

39.9/57.6/40.9

41.4/57.2/40.8

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/56.3/36.1

39.4/54/40.5

38.1/54.6/35.0

38.6/56.5/37.2

Among the rivals, Tesla Model Y offers the roomiest interior with ample headroom and legroom but Mercedes-Benz EQC is wider which allows more shoulder room. Jaguar I-Pace has adequate room as well but falls relatively short of its competitors. In comparison, the XC40 does not have the roomiest second-row and that carries over to the pure electric SUV as well.

How indulging is the Infotainment setup of the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge?

The XC40 Recharge has a notable all-new infotainment system co-developed by Volvo and Google. Gone is the previous Sensus system. Now, the new Google Android operating system is more intuitive and uses a suite of Google apps to improve interactions, including Google Assistant, Google Play, and Google Maps. It offers new levels of connectivity between the apps a driver might use on their mobile phone and the vehicle itself.

Google Maps includes real-time traffic updates and constant monitoring of the vehicle’s battery range to suggest nearby charging stations and to map the most efficient routes possible. Voice recognition functions can control most in-car functions, while Onboard cameras and sensors also identify road signs and monitor traffic conditions, providing that data to Google to assist. The Recharge also has over-the-air updates capability.


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How attractive is the Exterior of the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge?

In terms of exterior dimensions, the Recharge is practically identical to the standard 2021 Volvo XC40. The EV, however, has no tailpipes but as it arrives the most notable change is the new grille design. The open slats on the gas-powered XC40, needed to cool combustion engines, have been closed shut in the Recharge.

Volvo replaces open slats with a solid panel to emphasize the absence of an internal combustion engine, while the trademark diagonal grille bar is rendered in chrome. Apart from that, it quite resembles the regular XC40 when viewed from the sides. This all-electric Volvo rides on large 19-inch wheels and also gets a laminated panoramic sunroof with power sunshade as standard.

Models

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

2021 Tesla Model Y

2021 Jaguar I-Pace

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC

Curb Weight

N/A

N/A

4,784 lbs

5,400 lbs

Length

177.0"

N/A

184.3”

187.5”

Width

72.4"

N/A

79.1”

74”

Height

60.6"

N/A

61.6”

63.9”

Ground Clearance

N/A

N/A

5.5”

5.1”

Wheelbase

103.9"

N/A

117.7”

113.1”

Yes, the XC40 Recharge is underpinned by the same CMA platform but the all-electric setup makes it almost 1,100 pounds heavier than the gas-powered model. Otherwise, it should have the same wheelbase as the non-electric model. Even the other aspects will not vary all that much. But there is a possibility that the 2021 XC40 Recharge has a lower clearance.

What advanced Safety features does the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge get?

The 2021 Volvo XC40 already holds an excellent safety record, and the Recharge P8 has a completely redesigned and reinforced frontal structure to compensate for the absence of the engine. An aluminum safety cage protects the battery while the electric powertrain has been integrated into the body structure to realize a better distribution of collision forces. The XC40 Recharge is also the first Volvo model to be equipped with a new scalable Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform.

It features software developed by Zenuity, the joint venture firm owned by Volvo Cars and Veoneer. However, none of the federal safety rating agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), have released the crash test score for the 2021 XC40 Recharge. But looking at the standard XC40 's safety ratings of five-star from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from IIHS, we expect the EV to get similar safety scores. Its key safety features include:

  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) w/Steer Assist
  • Cross Traffuc Alert w/Autobrake
  • Active Bending LED Headlights
  • Run-off Road Protection
  • Rear Park Assist Camera

Should I Buy the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge?

The all-wheel-drive 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 will start at an MSRP of $53,990 before a $7,500 federal EV tax credit. Volvo has also released many further details on the standard and optional features, and pricing of the SUV. The 2021 XC40 Recharge will be assembled in Ghent, Belgium.

Expect the XC40 Recharge to hit the streets in late 2020 but it’s very closely related to Chinese-made Polestar 2, which will be available in the U.S. starting in June. Both cars will share similar platforms, battery packs, frunk, and a new Android-based driver interface, among other things. They will, however, be tuned to drive quite differently. 


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2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge FAQs

Is the new 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge an AWD or RWD vehicle?

As standard, the 2021 Volvo XC40 will be an All-Wheel-Drive and it cannot be shifted as well. It powers all its 4 wheels all the time. 

What will be the range of 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge?

Although the official numbers have not been released yet, Volvo has revealed that the new XC40 Recharge will have a minimum range of 200 miles. 

How much time does it take to charge the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge?

The 78 kWh battery pack of the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge can be charged from 0 to 80% in a mere 40 minute, which comes really handy on the long hauls. 

When will the Volvo XC40 Recharge be available for purchase?

The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge is expected to go on sale either in late 2020 or early 2021. 

How can I get a used Volvo XC40 near me?

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