The 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge is an eco-friendly SUV with some real speed, packing a whopping 402-hp and the quick torque delivery of two electric motors. Despite having an electric motor, the XC40 Recharge is every bit as useful and well-thought-out as the gasoline-powered version, including a big cargo area, clever storage cubbies, and a premium appearance and feel that firmly establishes it as a member of the luxury-EV niche. Despite having a less amazing driving range than the Tesla Model Y, the Volvo is more attractive and has higher build quality. A number of convenient safety and convenience features, including a semi-autonomous driving mode, are included as standard, but we’re not fans of Volvo’s new Google-based infotainment system. However, we believe that for the majority of buyers looking to make a tasteful transition to electric vehicles, the XC40 Recharge is a good option.
In order to refresh the XC40 Recharge for 2023, Volvo has modified the front bumper and grille, which are taken from the fastback C40 Recharge model. This year, the XC40 receives the C40’s more angular LED headlamps as well. The XC40 Recharge receives vegan-friendly vinyl upholstery inside. Everything we enjoy about the normal XC40 is present in the XC40 Recharge’s cabin, including smart cubby storage, a relaxed driving position, and roomy first- and second-row seating. We anticipate the Recharge variant to hold the same number of carry-on suitcases as the gasoline-powered model because the XC40 hasn’t lost any cargo volume in the shift to an EV powertrain.
Motor, Range & Performance
All XC40 Recharge vehicles will be equipped with two electric motors, one of which will drive the front wheels and the other the back ones, providing continuous all-wheel drive. At our test track, the XC40 Recharge reached 60 mph in in 4.3 seconds and is powered by a strong 402 horsepower. One-pedal driving is made possible by regenerative braking, which is a desirable and practical characteristic of EVs that we value. The Recharge comes standard with a 75.0-kWh battery pack, and the EPA estimates that it can travel 223 miles on a single charge. The XC40 Recharge can compete with the Audi e-tron and the Jaguar I-Pace thanks to its range promise, but it falls short of the Model Y, which can travel more than 300 miles on a single charge.
|2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge Mileage
The XC40 Recharge has an EPA-rated fuel economy of 92 MPGe in the city and 79 MPGe on the highway.
Dimensions & Space
|2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge Dimensions
The XC40 Recharge introduces a different generation of software created in cooperation with Google’s Android Automotive in place of Volvo’s present Sensus Connect infotainment system. The Polestar 2, the XC40 Recharge’s fraternal cousin, also has a similar infotainment system. We found it to be user-friendly and responsive in operation, but the Volvo version has small touchscreen buttons that are challenging to press while driving. There are several ways to customise a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that is standard. The new entertainment system will eventually offer connectivity choices for both iOS and Android iPhone devices despite the partnership with Google; a wireless smartphone charging pad is another addition.
|2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge Trims
Three trims are available for the XC40 Recharge, but we recommend the Twin Ultimate model because it is fully equipped and costs not much more than the Twin Plus model in the middle of the price range. Unique 20-inch wheels, automatic high-beam headlamps, a Harman/Kardon audio system, adaptive cruise control, and a semi-autonomous driving mode are all included with the Twin Ultimate.
Specifications & Top-Speed
|2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge Specifications
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