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Volvo XC40 Electric verdict

2021 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

Written by Tom Wiltshire Published: 18 May 2023 Updated: 18 May 2023

Should you buy one?

The Volvo XC40 Recharge was always comfortable, posh on the inside and classy on the outside, but it’s now significantly easier to recommend thanks to the updated powertrains. The boost in electric range is particularly welcome and makes the XC40 Recharge much more competitive with its main rivals.

It is, however, still quite expensive, especially when you consider the lack of a traditional finance option. We also think plenty of its rivals are better to drive, and offer a larger, more premium package.

Equipment on the base Core models would be more than enough for us, though it’d be difficult to resist the allure of the top-spec car with its premium stereo and wool upholstery. It’s a shame that Volvo doesn’t offer a larger battery with the Single Motor model – sister brand Polestar does, with its Polestar 2 Long Range – so if you want the maximum mileage for your money you’ll need to spend big on the Twin Motor car.

What we like

Even years on from introduction, Volvo’s interior is up there with the best. It’s clever, feels great and is very comfortable. We’re also big fans of the Android Automotive infotainment system.

What we don’t like

Keen drivers steer clear – the XC40 is primarily aiming for comfort. It’s also a shame you can’t traditionally finance one of these cars, instead being forced into the pricey Care by Volvo subscription.