Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Should you buy a Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric?

In many ways this is the best of the XC40s. Like all of them it’s a lovely bit of design, very easy to get on with, and a good size for a small family. They don’t respond with any great enthusiasm if you try to drive hard and fast, but they’re delightful the rest of the time.

The EV goes a little further along this same trajectory. They’re all quiet – this is the quietest. You want smooth? This is the smoothest. And if the big attraction is its elegant, modern simplicity, then look no futher.

If, that is, you’re okay with spending £60,000 on a compact SUV. With initial models arriving with this top price tag, you have to consider whether it's worth choosing over the Audi E-Tron and upcoming BMW iX3. The Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC can be had for roughly £5,000 more.

Thing is, that's not a huge amount more than the plug-in hybrid version of this car, so if you're considering electrification at all then the P8 should absolutely be on your radar.

Plus as this is a car you won’t really buy for its performance, it’s probably a safe bet to wait for one of the less-powerful, less-expensive versions we’re told will start to arrive in 2021, so long as they can offer a similar 200-mile-plus range.

2021 Volvo XC40 P8 rear three quarters

Further reading

>> What about the Recharge plug-in hybrid version of the XC40?

>> Best electric SUVs

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