2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge price and specs: Model Y rival updated with more range, RWD


Key Points

  • XC40 electric SUV updated with more range
  • Single-motor goes RWD, dual-motor gets larger battery
  • Priced from $76,990, rivals Model Y, Ioniq 5, EQB

The Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV has been given another minor update, with range and efficiency improvements to keep it competitive with the popular Tesla Model Y.

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

The improvements come with price rises – $3000 for the single-motor and $4500 for the dual-motor.

Volvo XC40 Recharge driving and new 19-inch wheelVolvo XC40 Recharge driving and new 19-inch wheel

The XC40 Recharge now costs from $76,990 to $85,990 before on-road costs and provides between 460km to 500km 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 XC40 EV rivals models such as the sleeker related C40 Recharge, Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Mercedes-Benz EQB, and BMW iX1 electric cars.

XC40 Recharge Key Specs: Range, Charging and Size

Person plugging in HPC charging cable to Volvo XC40 Recharge

The new Volvo XC40 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 460km (up 35km), and more aerodynamic 19-inch alloy wheels.

Meanwhile, the updated dual-motor gains a larger 79kWh usable battery (up 4kWh), longer claimed driving range of up to 500km (up 62km), 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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XC40 Recharge Price and Models

The Volvo XC40 Recharge starts from $76,990 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, panoramic sunroof, and an energy-saving heat pump.

Stepping up to the dual-motor XC40 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.

Volvo XC40 Recharge PlusVolvo XC40 Recharge Plus

XC40 Recharge Plus price: $76,990 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
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
Panoramic sunroof
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 XC40 Recharge TwinVolvo XC40 Recharge Twin

XC40 Recharge Twin Ultimate price: $85,990 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
Sage Green Volvo XC40 Recharge rear tail-light with 'Recharge Twin' badge

Volvo XC40 Recharge Options

  • Standard paint – no cost: Cloud Blue
  • Premium paint – no cost extra: Onyx Black; Vapour Grey; Bright Dusk; Crystal White; Sage Green; Fjord Blue

XC40 Recharge Warranty and Servicing

Volvo XC40 Recharge drive shifter

The Volvo XC40 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 XC40 Recharge compare with other EVs?

The Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV is decent against the competition on paper.

But, the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 South Korean EV duo have faster rapid DC charging capability and the Tesla Model Y is cheaper with stronger performance, a larger boot, and similar claimed WLTP driving range.

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