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VOLVO XC40 ELECTRIC ESTATE

300kW Recharge Twin Plus 78kWh 5dr AWD Auto

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Volvo's first full-EV was the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric model. Jonathan Crouch drives it

Background

You might be surprised that it's taken so long for Volvo to bring us a full-EV: the marque was, after all, one of the very first to popularise Plug-in hybrid electrification in its cars. Or, conversely, if you know the industry, you might be surprised that this Gothenburg maker is selling any kind of EV at all. In recent years after all, this Swedish manufacturer's Chinese Geely parent company has dictated that development of full-battery power should be largely delegated to Volvo's all-electric subsidiary brand, Polestar. It seems not. Volvo wants (and needs in view of current European directives) to dramatically increase the sales percentage of its electrified models and that can't be done merely by concentrating on mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid engineering. Plus the XC40 sits on the same CMA platform used for the Polestar 2 model, so it was pretty straightforward to create a milkfloat mobility version of this little SUV. Mind you, with 408hp on tap, this car is a long way from milkfloat mobility...

Driving Experience

There are two variants on offer, both of which use a 75kWh (usable) battery. The base front-driven single-motormodel offers 231hp. The alternative AWD model offers the twin electric motor set-up (one on each axle) that we've already seen on the top version of the extremely rapid Polestar 2 EV sports saloon. There's 408hp on tap (yes, you heard that right), which seems like it'd be rather excessive for the needs of most likely customers, sprinting you to 62mph from rest in just 4.7s with more torque than you'd get in a Nissan GT-R super sports car - 660Nm of it, at which point, the motor's spinning at a heady 14,000rpm. The EAER driving range on offer isn't quite as good as some notable rivals. Volvo quotes a best of up to 264 miles for the front-driven model - and a best of 259 miles for the AWD version, figures which are a little down on those of an identically-engineered Polestar 2, that deficit being down to this XC40's boxier shape. To get the claimed mileage, you'll need to engage what the Swedish maker calls 'One Pedal Drive', selectable from the 'Driving' menu provided on this centre-dash screen. This dramatically increases the regenerative braking effect when you come off the throttle, to the point where, as advertised, the brake pedal will hardly ever be needed.

Design and Build

This XC40 has been updated with a smarter front bumper and a frameless front grille. That latter feature is blanked off, which is the main visual difference marking out this full-electric XC40 model from the combustion-engined versions of this design. This sort of thing is rarely a great adornment for an EV - and isn't here. That grille panel's there of course because there's no engine to cool. In another update, the signature Thor's Hammer headlights have been augmented with state-of-the-art pixel LED light technology. Otherwise, things are as before, so if you pop the bonnet where the engine of an XC40 used to be, what you'll actually find is a useful 31-litre 'frunk' stowage space. You'll find this a usual place to chuck the charging cables into so that they don't end up getting in the way of everything in the boot. At the wheel, there are few giveaways to this Volvo's battery-powered remit, save for a few EV-specific electronic gauges. Delve into the workings of the central portrait-style 9-inch screen and you'll find that the infotainment system is powered by Android, which means you get a raft of over-the-air Google features, including Maps and YouTube Music built in. What else might you need to know about the cabin? Well because the XC40's basic architecture was designed to accommodate a full-electric powertrain from the start, there are no compromises over combustion versions when it comes to rear seat legroom. Or luggage space. Which is just as well because trunk capacity isn't huge, though the 452-litre capacity figure will probably be quite sufficient for the needs of most owners.

Market and Model

The XC40 Recharge model comes with a choice of single or dual-motor powertrains and the brand's 75kWh battery. Prices start from around £43,500 for the front-driven version, offered in 'Core', 'Plus' or 'Ultimate' levels of trim. The AWD model, priced from around £54,500, comes in 'Plus' or 'Ultimate' spec. Primarily, ordering will be online, though you can do that from a dealer showroom if you'd prefer to have someone guide you through the process. With the government's plug-in Car Grant now capped at £35,000, you're on your own when it comes to the asking figures, whatever kind of Pure Electric XC40 you decide upon, but it's worth pointing out that almost no one considering this car will be thinking in terms of purchasing it outright anyway. In most cases, they won't even be buying it from a dealer, this XC40 Recharge Pure Electric model being the first of the brand's cars to be offered exclusively online - which is the way that all future Pure Electric Volvos will be sold. You can still go into a dealership and order it if you want, but it's probably easier just to go on line and order it from home - probably using the 'Care By Volvo' subscription service, which is the way that up to 95% of XC40 Recharge Pure Electric models are apparently likely to be acquired.

Cost of Ownership

We've already given you this XC40 Recharge model's operating range in our 'Driving Experience' section; a maximum of 264 miles for the single-motor model and up to 259 miles for the dual-motor version. These figures place this Volvo some way down the list when it comes to the range you can expect from a compact EV crossover with a battery of comparable size to this car's 75kWh power pack. Thank this Swedish contender's portly kerb weight (around 2-tonnes) for that. Still, at least charging times are competitive. Overnight charging via a home wallbox will occupy around 8 hours. When out and about, if you come across a 150kW public rapid charger, you'll be able to replenish from empty to 80% in just 40 minutes. You can of course set charging times remotely - in this case via the 'Volvo On Call' app. There are of course, lots of taxation advantages in running an EV. With this one, as with its main rivals, you'll be rated at just 1% for BiK Benefit-in-Kind taxation for the first tax year of use, and at only 2% for the subsequent two years. Servicing will be at the same intervals as any other XC40 (every year or 18,000 miles, whichever comes first), but the bill you get should be cheaper because there will be fewer consumables to replace, though remember that with an EV, tyre wear tends to be greater than with a combustion model.

Summary

The government talks about incentivising the sale of electric vehicles. But then progressively reduces buying incentives on them. Car manufacturers talk about wanting to increase the EV percentage of their sales: but then price full-electric models beyond the reach of most buyers. It's a conundrum. And for the time being, it doesn't show any real signs of being solved. This XC40 Recharge Pure Electric model is a case in point. It's a very well engineered little electric vehicle. But it costs a considerable amount. And then there are the usual EV issues: not only that you'll run out of range but also that you might turn up at a charging point and find it's out of order - or there's a queue. Or perhaps you'll plug your EV in at night, then an hour later find out that you're required 150 miles away with only 80 miles charged into the battery. If a car like this is a second vehicle, as it will be in most cases, then these issues become less problematic. But until they're solved - and until prices become more accessible, cars like this, impressive as they are, will continue to be a rare sight on our roads.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed112mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 12.3" Progressive Driver Display
  • 7m 10amp Charge Cable with 3 Pin Plug
  • 9" centre console portrait touch screen
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone kit
  • Cruise control
  • Front park assist
  • Lane keep assist with driver alert control
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Power operated tailgate
  • Rear park assist camera
  • Speed limiter
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Volvo on call with charge station locations and route planning and pre climatisation
  • Wireless Smartphone Integration includes Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Wireless/Inductive Mobile Phone Charging

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Dynamic chassis

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Google automatic services - Nav with google maps, apple carplay/android auto, voice recognition with google assistant
  • High performance sound, 8 speakers/250W, front USB and 2 rear type C USB
  • Steering wheel mounted remote controls

Exterior Features

  • Active bending LED headlights
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Auto dimming interior mirror
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Black stone door mirrors
  • Black stone roof
  • Colour co-ordinated front grille and surround
  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Dark tinted windows for rear door side windows and cargo compartment
  • Electric front and rear axle drive
  • Embossed rear side roof pillar
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front recharge tread plates
  • Headlight cleaning system
  • High gloss black front and rear skid plate
  • High gloss black lower front bumper
  • High gloss black roof rails
  • High gloss black sensus surround deco
  • High gloss black window trim
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • LED front fog lamps with cornering function
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
  • Rear wiper
  • Recharging port located in nearside front wing
  • Roof antenna
  • Roof spoiler
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front tunnel console and cargo compartment
  • 2 zone electronic climate control and rear air vent with clean zone air quality system and pollen filter
  • 3 spoke sports tailored steering wheel
  • 60/40 versatile split folding rear seat
  • A-pillar parking ticket holder
  • Ambient front door and instrumental panel lighting
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Charcoal headlining
  • Driver's side lower dashboard credit card storage compartment
  • Extended front seat cushions
  • Flexible load floor and grocery bag holder
  • Floor mats
  • Front and Rear reading and courtesy lights
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Front headrests
  • Front load compartment (31 litres)
  • Front tunnel net pocket and integrated waste bin
  • Glovebox bag hook
  • Heat pump (Enhanced cabin heating and cooling efficiency with optimal vehicle range)
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Height/tilt adjustable driver's seat
  • High gloss centre tunnel deco
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Illuminated tailgate
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
  • Isofix attachments on rear seats
  • Load protection net
  • Multi directional lumbar support
  • Multicolour theatre lights
  • Power driver seat with memory + exterior mirrors memory
  • Power passenger seat
  • Rear armrest / integral cup holders / storage tray
  • Rear coat hook
  • Rear headrests
  • Sports pedals
  • Tailored gearknob
  • Underfloor cargo storage

Passive Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • City safety includes pedestrain detection and front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • First aid kit
  • Front and outer rear seatbelt reminder and pretensioners
  • Front seats SIPS airbags
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • Inflatable curtain
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Power child locks on rear doors
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Run off Road Protection
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Warning triangle
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front

Security

  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Care key with user defined top speed
  • Convenient entry and start
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Keyless drive plus handsfree tailgate opening/closing
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Private locking for tailgate

Trim

  • Cutting edge aluminium inlay

Wheels

  • Tyre sealant kit + 12v compressor

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty
    Not Available
  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    78
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)
    1440
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change
    0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW
    3.8
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW
    7.6
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)
    720
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change
    0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins)
    37
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change
    10-80
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW
    150
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Charge Time (Mins)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Percentage Change
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Power Supply - kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Left Side Rear
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • Usable Battery Capacity
    75
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH
    21.6
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL
    20.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH
    2.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL
    3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    435
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH
    413
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL
    435
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    270.3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH
    256.6
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL
    270.3

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    408
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Recharge 300kW
  • Coin Series
    Twin Plus
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    42E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    97
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    87
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    76
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    4.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    408
  • Engine Power - KW
    300
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4350
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    487
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    67.3
  • Engine Torque - NM
    660
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    Not Available
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 DOUBLE SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1651
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4425
  • Wheelbase
    2702
  • Width
    1910
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2034

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2650
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1328
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    452
  • Max. Loading Weight
    537
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2113
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4
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Customer Reviews

   
Mike Lowe

Mike Lowe

"Have to give the whole team at Silverstone a massive 5 stars ( my wife would have given them 6 stars for having to deal with me :-) ) From start to finish a truly professional service for the three cars that myself and my colleges chose for company cars, working with Tom and Michelle has been a pleasure, speed of response to questions has been quick and precise. Thank you and would defiantly recommend Silverstone for your leasing partner."

"6 months ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"7 months ago"

Lewis Higginson

Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

"2 months ago"

Karen Osborne

Karen Osborne

"I have used Silverstone Fleet Management for the last few years for all our company cars and I will continue to do so as the service is very good, Aby always answers our questions and never minds making changes to quotes until we are happy with the options / pricing, once it comes to ordering the vehicles the process is seamless. I would not hesitate to recommend Silverstone Fleet."

"6 months ago"

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"5 months ago"

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