2024 Volvo C40 Recharge price and specs: Range boost, RWD for updated coupe electric SUV


Key Points

  • C40 coupe electric SUV updated with more range
  • Single-motor goes RWD, dual-motor gets larger battery
  • Priced from $76,990, rivals Model Y, EV6, EQA

The Volvo C40 Recharge coupe electric SUV has been given a minor update, with a host of hardware tweaks to add more driving range and improve battery cooling efficiency.

The single-motor variant has now switched to rear-wheel drive, whereas the dual-motor gains a bigger battery with faster charging capabilities.

It’s due to land in Australia in the third quarter of 2023 (July to September inclusive) and is available to order now. However, there have been price rises – $3000 for the single-motor and $4500 for the dual-motor.

Volvo C40 Recharge rear coupe SUVVolvo C40 Recharge rear coupe SUV

The C40 Recharge now costs from $78,990 to $87,990 before on-road costs and provides between 476km to 507km of claimed WLTP driving range depending on the variant.

The luxury electric SUV is eligible for select Australian electric car incentives, excluding the fringe benefits tax (FBT) exemption for company fleets and novated leases.

The Volvo C40 EV rivals models such as the boxier related XC40 Recharge, Tesla Model Y, Polestar 4, Kia EV6, and Mercedes-Benz EQA electric cars.

C40 Recharge Key Specs: Range, Charging and Size

Volvo C40 Recharge with charging plug attached side-rear view

The updated Volvo C40 EV single-motor variant switches to rear-wheel drive (previously front-wheel-driven), gets a power bump to 175kW (up 5kW), increased claimed WLTP range to up to 476km (up 38km), and more aerodynamic 19-inch alloy wheels.

Meanwhile, the dual-motor gains a larger 79kWh usable battery (up 4kWh), longer claimed driving range of up to 507km (up 56km), faster 200kW DC charging capability (previously 150kW), and a new in-house developed permanent magnet rear motor paired with an asynchronous front motor producing the same outputs, albeit with a tweaked torque split.

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C40 Recharge Price and Models

The Volvo C40 Recharge starts from $78,990 before on-road costs for the single-motor Plus trim. Key standard features include a 9.0-inch portrait-orientated touchscreen powered by the Android Automotive operating system with built-in Google Maps and Assistant voice control, fixed panoramic glass roof, and an energy-saving heat pump.

Stepping up to the dual-motor Twin Ultimate variant for $9000 more gains equipment, such as a 360-degree camera system, microtech/textile seats with backlit ‘topography’ trim, and larger 20-inch alloy wheels.

The sleeker C40 coupe electric SUV is $2000 more expensive across the line-up than its boxier XC40 Recharge EV twin. The sleeker, more aerodynamic C40 is differentiated by a fixed panoramic glass roof (instead of openable) and sequential tail-light turn indicators.

Volvo C40 Recharge PlusVolvo C40 Recharge Plus

C40 Recharge Plus price: $78,990 before on-road costs

Plus features:

Battery66kWh usable NMC battery
Exterior19-inch alloy wheels
Gloss black wing mirrors, side window trim, roof rails and rooftop
Full LED headlights, ‘Thor’s hammer’ daytime running lights and tail-lights with sequential indicators
Hands-free power tailgate
InteriorTextile seats and floor mats
‘Origin’ interior panels
Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory and four-way lumbar adjustment
Electrically adjustable front passenger seat and four-way lumbar adjustment
Manual cushion extensions for front driver and passenger seats
Heated front and rear outer seats
Electrically folding rear headrests
Heated leather-free steering wheel
‘Mid level’ interior illumination
Charcoal headliner
Fixed panoramic glass roof
Tinted rear windows
Two-zone climate control
Windscreen ticket holder
Folding bag hook at glove box
Boot floor divider with grocery bag hook
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Technology9.0-inch Android Automotive infotainment system
12.3-inch driver instrument display
Four-year data subscription
Volvo Cars mobile app
‘High performance’ audio system
Qi wireless charging pad
Heat pump
Rain sensing wipers
Safety assistFront auto emergency braking (AEB) with car/pedestrian/cyclist detection
Blind-spot monitoring
Rear cross-traffic alert
Adaptive cruise control
Lane centring and lane keep assist
Reversing camera
Front and rear parking sensors
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Volvo C40 Recharge TwinVolvo C40 Recharge Twin

C40 Recharge Twin Ultimate price: $87,990 before on-road costs

Ultimate adds:

Battery79kWh usable NMC battery
Exterior20-inch alloy wheels
LED fog lamps with cornering function
InteriorMicrotech/textile seats with sport mats
‘Topography’ backlit interior panels
‘High level’ interior illumination
CleanZone cabin air filter function
Power child safety rear door locks
Technology13-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound audio
Safety assist360-degree camera
Side parking sensors
Fjord Blue Volvo C40 Recharge with new 19-inch wheels charging from stand side view

Volvo C40 Recharge Options

  • Standard paint – no cost: Cloud Blue
  • Premium paint – no cost extra: Onyx Black; Vapour Grey; Silver Dawn; Crystal White; Sage Green; Fjord Blue; Fusion Red

C40 Recharge Warranty and Servicing

Volvo C40 Recharge touchscreen showing 360-degree camera view

The Volvo C40 Recharge is covered by a five-year, unlimited kilometre vehicle warranty and an eight-year battery warranty.

There’s also eight-years of roadside assistance coverage and servicing is only required every two-years for the electric SUV.

The first three-year/100,000km maintenance visits are included for free.

How does the C40 Recharge compare to other EVs?

The Volvo C40 Recharge compares well against its electric SUV competition, with more claimed WLTP driving range than the Tesla Model Y.

But, it can't charge as fast as the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 that have an 800-volt class battery architecture and has less boot space.

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