Volvo XC40 Electric: Marketing, autonomy, performance, the Volvo XC40 becomes the cheapest electric car with more than 550 km of autonomy

The Volvo XC40 becomes the cheapest electric car with more than 550 km of autonomy

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Volvo XC40 Electric

Volvo XC40 Electric

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The brand’s first electric model, the electric XC40 Volvo has been available in France since 2020.

Existing in essences, hybrid-light and hybrid-rechargeable version, the Volvo XC40 is adorned with a 100% electric declination called P8 Recharge. Revealed in October 2019 and launched in pre-order in the process, the first copies will be delivered in the second half of 2020.

Electric XC40 Volvo engine and performance

The Volvo XC 40 Electric Recharge recovers the electrical architecture of the Polestar 2. The SUV has two 150 kW engines (204 hp) each placed on an axle for a total of 408 hp and 660 Nm of torque. A configuration which allows a 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 s and a top speed of 180 km/h. The electric engine being more compact than the thermal blocks, the space released under the hood allows you to benefit from a small trunk to store the charging cables and other safety equipment. Note that the Volvo XC 40 electric can tow a coupling of a maximum mass of 1500 kg.

In the entry -level version, there is only one engine on the rear axle. This develops 170 kW, or 231 horsepower, and allows you to shoot 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. The couple of this version is not communicated by Volvo.

Recharge Twin recharge
Power 231 CH 408 CH
Transmission Traction Integral
Max speed 160 km/h 180 km/h
0 – 100 km/h 7.4 s 4.9 s

Battery and autonomy of the Volvo XC40 electric

The electric SUV uses a lithium-ion battery with a nominal capacity of 78 kWh and whose mass amounts to 500 kg. A second battery is added to the catalog a few months after the release, with a capacity of 69 kWh. It is guaranteed 8 years or 160.000 km within the limit of 78% capacity. The XC40 recharging can cross 400 km on a single load according to the WLTP standard, with the two batteries.

Recharge Twin recharge
Battery capacity 69 kWh 78 kWh
Mixed WLTP autonomy 400 km 400 – 418 km
WLTP city autonomy Nc 519 – 539 km

Electric XC40 Volvo Recharge

Via a CCS Combo connector, the Volvo XC 40 electric recharges in 40 minutes from 10 to 80% when it is connected to a quick continuous current terminal (DC). The maximum DC charging power is 150 kW.

As standard, he can load by alternating (AC) up to 11 for a full in around 7 hours

Price and marketing of the electric XC40

Available in three finish, the electric XC40 Volvo is offered from € 46,800 excluding bonuses and excluding options in its basic configuration combining the “small” engine with a 69 kWh battery. For the high -end version with all -wheel drive, count a starting price of € 58,490.

Recharge Twin recharge
Transmission Traction Integral
Power 231 CH 408 CH
Battery 69 kWh 78 kWh
Start 46,800 €
More € 58,490
Pro € 52,950 € 62,490

Find below the main equipment of the three finish levels

Start finish

  • Front and rear parking radars
  • Rear view camera
  • Electric tailgate
  • Heated front seats
  • Steering wheel
  • Induction phone charger
  • Metallic paint (paid option on more and pro finishes)
  • All season tires

More finish

  • Intellisafe Assist comprising: ACCT REPTIVE and DISTURAL DISTRIBUTION regulator, intelligent driving assistance (the vehicle reads the ground marking and acts on the direction in order to
    Hold in the center of its track, the driver must keep his hands on the steering wheel, operates up to 130 km/h)
  • Safety distance alert
  • Intellisafe Surround: Dorting anti-angle surveillance with Corrective action on the direction, assistance to the change of file, traffic alert in reverse and rear collision alert with automatic braking
  • Non -metallic paint
  • Heat pump
  • Alarm

Pro finish

  • Panoramic sunroof in two parts
  • with electric sun visor
  • Driver seat with electric and memoirs
  • Front passenger seat with electric settings
  • Electrically foldable rear headrests from the central screen
  • Full LED directional headlights with dynamic scope of the scope, adaptive highway fires
  • LED fog lights
  • Light-up flags with retractable pressure
  • Surround view view (360 ° panoramic vision) including front and reversing camera
  • Volvo Premium Sound by Harman/Kardon 600 W audio system with 13 hp and subwoofer technology

Electric XC40 Volvo Technical Sheet

Model XC 40 P8 Recharge
XC 40 Twin recharge
Total power of engines
231 CH 408 hp (2 x 204 hp)
Total couple of engines
Nc 660 Nm
Acceleration speed (0 to 100 km/h) 7.6 s 4.9 s
Maximum speed 180 km/h 180 km/h
Battery type and weight Lithium-ion, nc Lithium-ion, 500 kg
Battery capacity 69 kWh 78 kWh
DC recharge (150 kW) 32 minutes (10 to 80 %) 40 minutes (10 to 80 %)
AC recharge (11 kW) 7 h (80%) 7.5 h (80%)
Length 4.42 m 4.42 m
Width 1.86 m 1.86 m
Height 1.65 m 1.65 m
Towing capacity Yes, 1500 kg Yes, 1500 kg
Number of seats 5 5
Box loading capacity 413 liters + fruit 413 liters + fruit
Marketing state Marketed Marketed
Price from 46.400 € 58.490 €

The Volvo XC40 becomes the cheapest electric car with more than 550 km of autonomy

Volvo has a pleasant surprise in store for us with the new 82 kWh battery equipping the C40 and XC40. These electric models now offer exceptional basic autonomy.

Pending the arrival of the ex90, replacing from the XC90 formalized in November 2022, but also the ex30, a very promising SUV, the XC40 and the C40 refill are worth the detour. Indeed, Volvo has launched a new version called Extended Range, Equipped with a larger 82 kWh battery (instead of 69 kWh).

Record autonomies for their category

We did not know the autonomy in WLTP cycle of this major change, but Volvo has just communicated the results of official approval with the WLTP measurement cycle. So, The XC40 Extended Range REPHRAGE TRAYS OFFER A WLTP Automy of 573 km. This version is equipped with a single 252 hp engine. The twin four -wheel drive version (408 hp) also benefits from the 82 kWh battery, which gives it a range of 537 km.

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The C40, The cut version of the XC40, even goes up to 582 km (still in Extended Range version). Same observation for the Twin version which also has higher autonomy, or 550 km.

In addition, the XC40 today displays an entry ticket at 46,990 euros in Extended Range / Essential version. With the 5,000 euros (or 7,000 euros depending on your income) of the ecological bonus, the XC40 and C40 therefore offer an excellent value for money for motorists wishing to invest in a high-end electric vehicle. However, the essential finish does not integrate certain functions which could prove practical, such as radars (front and rear) and the rear view camera (option Start For 1,250 euros).

For comparison: the Y propulsion model offers “only” 455 km for a similar price. On the other hand, the C40 is sold at the base price of 51,890 euros, you will therefore not be entitled to any ecological bonus.

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2nd electric version of the XC40

From € 45,800

The XC40, the smallest Volvo SUV appeared in 2018. Of course in its early days, it was available in petrol and diesel. Gradually, then, the Swedish manufacturer electrified it by providing it with rechargeable hybrid engines (from 211 and 262 hp) and it was therefore last year that the XC40 converted to the whole electric. Today, the compact SUV has therefore abandoned all thermal engines to be available only in electric, whether in rechargeable or 100 % electric hybrid.

After four years of existence, the XC40 nevertheless remains the model of the Swedish manufacturer most in France in France. It is ahead of the other two SUVs from the brand to the prize list, namely the XC60 and XC90.

His style therefore continues to seduce customers. It must be said that he has not really aged, especially since he took advantage of a slight restyling at the start of the year. The lines are always pleasant and the filiation with the other models of the brand is obvious. The main aesthetic peculiarity lies in the grille since it is now entirely closed unlike the rechargeable hybrids where it is open.


Inside, 100% digital instrumentation is adapted to the specifications of an electrical model. However, this is relatively stripped. But it is above all the multimedia system that evolves by using the Google operating system. The Android environment is master on board, giving access to the user to Google Assistant (voice assistant), Google Maps (real -time traffic, nearby recharging stations, types of terminals available, autonomy remaining on site) and Google Playstore. Finished the time when it was necessary to drag it up or at the bottom to unroll the menus as was the case before. Ergonomics wins enormously and thus becomes more intuitive. When launching this new generation of operating system, Applecarplay and Androidauto were not available, which represented a real handicap. This defect has been corrected today. Good news.

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Aside from that, the atmosphere in the cabin is also distinctive from the Swedish brand. The presentation is pleasant, even if the light colors are more pleasant than the black of our test model. No complaints, however, for the quality whatsoever that of assembly or materials.


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The trunk and the rear habitability are of good level.

No problem either in terms of habitability. In the rear seats, the XC40 still knows how to receive, its battery being hidden under the floor. Leg space, roof guard and width in the elbow make it an excellent family. The 16 liters nibbled in the trunk do not change the situation (capacity of 419 liters) and its tilting, foldable floor and allowing to compartmentalize the hold turns out to be very practical. Another argument in its favor, no problem for the storage of cables since it is carried out in a dedicated 30-liter storage located under the front hood in place of the engine. So no lost space in the trunk.

Storage under the front cover is very practical to store the charging cables At l

A more traditional power

The XC40 P8 refill had been talked about at the start of his career by his generous 408 hp power which was available thanks to two electric motors (one per axle) of 150 kW each and a constant and instant torque of 660 Nm. Characteristics that allowed this wise SUV to reach 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds, that is toe worthy of a sportswoman, while benefiting in addition to an all -wheel drive. Very good for the image but it is clearly above the market. Logically, Volvo has a more common power for the category with 231 hp. Unsurprisingly, the performances are less but largely sufficient with a 0 to 100 km/h shot in 7.4 s. Pure traction, our XC40 is powered by a battery is 69 kWh while the 4 -wheel drive declination has one of 78 kWh.

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Upon start -up, we see as on the most powerful version, the absence of a starter button. Quite surprising at the start, we adapt to it fairly quickly. Just brake and activate the small gear lever to start the machine. From the first laps, we find the qualities of the XC40 family with good driving position and very good comfort, all in a great silence of operation since soundproofing is effective whether for noise of ‘air or rolling. Roading is particularly pleasant, even if the 20 -inch pneumatic riding of our test model slightly degrades comfort.

In use, the more “small” engine is largely sufficient for daily use with frank and tonic accelerations which allow you to easily get out of all situations. Unfortunately, as we reported in our previous XC40 trials, it suffers from a substantial weight (2,030 kg). Result, do not ask him for dynamism, it is clearly not his thing. He does not like to be jostled and if this is the case this will be signaled by cash movements and an undeniable clumsy side. Once in mind and adopting a senator look, the XC40 will seduce you by its homogeneity.

Regarding energy recovery, without being equipped all accessories to obtain an ideal regeneration – since it does not have a “B” mode which increases the recovery of energy to braking – the XC40 is not devoid of arguments because it can operate only with the only accelerator pedal. A system capable of completely stopping the car at the price of a strong deceleration. To stay in the braking field, you have to note a good feeling of the brake pedal, which is still not the case for all electricity.

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In terms of autonomy, Volvo announces a range of 425 km with a consumption of 18.6 kWh/100 km. Obviously, the reality is somewhat different since we recorded an average of 19.2 kWh/100 km, an autonomy of around 360 km. However, these figures hide a great disparity. In town and on the departmental, it is doing well with an average of 17.4 kWh/100 km. On the highway and without surprise, the balance sheet deteriorates with a 21.8 kWh/100 km noted. Note an annoying small detail: Volvo never indicates the autonomy of its model in km, but as a battery percentage (except under 15 %). Unexpected, and not really reassuring ..

For recharging, on a quick terminal, the XC40 – which tolerates up to 130 kW – requires 28 minutes to go from 10 % to 80 % of the battery. For a full load, on an 11 kW terminal, you will have to wait 7 hours. In addition, Volvo has designed a partnership with the operator Plugsurfing so that each buyer of an electric Volvo receives a free card giving them the possibility of recharging on a large number of public terminals ( + 200,000), but also to have Preferential rates on the Ionity network (€ 0.35/kWh). Unfortunately, this one was not of great help to us, because it was not recognized on the terminals of our destination. What arouse a little stress.