The gasoline-powered XC40 is adorable and practical. The 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge maintains all it’s features and adds an electric motor that produces 402 horsepower that provides 223 miles solely electric driving range. The compact SUV is competing with a growing array of smaller EV crossovers, such as those from the Tesla Model Y and the Mercedes-Benz EQB. The Tesla provides more driving range however it’s not as stylish as the Volvo or as well-designed. A Google-based infotainment platform is available on the XC40 Recharge. The Volvo offers a wide array of driver assistance features as well as other technologies that are that are standard across the entire model. You’re looking for something that has an extra flair? Take a look at the XC40 Recharge’s similar coupe cousin that is that’s the C40 Recharge, which we examine separately.
What’s New for 2022?
Volvo has split the XC40’s Recharge lineup into two trims in 2022. It will start with the basic Plus and moving up to the fully loaded Ultimate. They’ve also revamped the powertrain software of the SUV that has increased the range by a bit up to 223 miles on a single charge. This is an increase from last year’s figure of 208 miles. The 360-degree camera on the exterior comes as standard however, the storage bin underneath the driver’s seat has been removed and so has the snazzy yellow Lava carpet option.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The XC40 Recharge comes in two trims. However, we’d recommend the more loaded Ultimate model and it’s not that much more, and comes with an array of extra features in addition to what’s included in the standard Plus. The Ultimate comes with exclusive 20-inch wheels, auto high-beam headlamps as well as a Harman/Kardon stereo systemas well as adaptive cruise control as well as semi-autonomous driving modes.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The entire range of XC40 Recharge models will be equipped with two motors that are electric, with one of them driving the front wheels, and the other powering the rear wheels, providing all-wheel drive for full-time. The powertrain produces the impressive 402-hp. We it accelerated the XC40 Recharge to 60 mph in only 4.3 seconds on the test track. On our test drive we observed a comfortable driving experience and a smooth cruising attitude. Drivers who are aggressive might prefer that the Polestar 2 a better fit. Regenerative braking is a way to have one-pedal driving. This is a popular and practical feature of electric vehicles that we love.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
A battery pack of 75 kWh is standard and EPA has provided the XC40 Recharge a range estimation at 223 miles for each charge. This range estimate makes this XC40 Recharge into a good position to rival those like the Audi e-Tron and the Jaguar I-Pace however, it is in a different way than it’s counterpart, the Model Y, which is capable of more than 300 miles on a single charge. The XC40 Recharge is capable of charging via DC quick charging stations, as well as at home chargers through the 240-volt outlet.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA has awarded the XC40 Recharge a fuel efficiency rating of 92 MPGe in the city and 79 MPGe for highway. We’re excited to testing the XC40’s true-world MPGe as well as its driving range on our 75-mph highway efficiency test. We’ll publish the results after we’ve completed the test. For more details about the XC40’s fuel consumption go to the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
In the cabin, the XC40 Recharge has all the features we love in the regular XC40 which includes well-organized cubby storage space, comfortable driving positions, as well as spacious second and first rows of seating. With the switch towards an EV powertrain and a redesigned interior, the XC40 has not lost any of its cargo space, and we anticipate the Recharge model to carry the same amount of carry-on suitcases as its gasoline version. We tested it and found that the XC40 carried 23 suitcases with the rear seats folded. Additionally, the absence in a 4-cylinder motor beneath the hood makes room for a front trunk (frunk) that is the ideal place for storing all of the XC40 Recharge’s charge cables.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Instead of using Volvo’s existing Sensus Connect infotainment system, the XC40 Recharge features a brand-new version of software created using the Google’s Android Automotive. The XC40’s corporate version that is Polestar 2, Polestar 2, also offers the same infotainment system that proved to be nimble and quick in its operation however, the Volvo version is plagued by small buttons which are hard to press when driving. The 12.3-inch gauge cluster with digital display is standard, and offers a variety of options to customize it. Despite the partnership with Google the new infotainment technology will eventually offer connectivity options to both Android as well as Apple iPhone devices; a wireless charging pad for smartphones is also available.