Volvo XC 40 Recharge launched: price, specs and rivals

Volvo entered the electric vehicle market in India with the launch of the new XC40 Recharge. Priced at Rs 55.90 lakh (ex-showroom), the XC40 Recharge arrives more than a year after debuting in India with the SUV in the meantime getting a mid-life update. The model was originally due to arrive in 2021, although the launch has been pushed back to 2022, with the car now arriving as a locally assembled model. The electric SUV is available in a single fully-charged variant and with a 402 hp all-wheel-drive electric powertrain.

Here’s what you need to know about the new XC40.

Design and platform

The XC40 Recharge isn’t a new electric vehicle, with the SUV sitting on the same CMA platform as its conventional internal combustion engine sibling. Styling-wise, the biggest difference between the current XC40 and the new Recharge is the front fascia. The standard XC40 on sale in India is still the pre-facelift model while the Recharge arrives as a facelifted model which debuted recently in the international markets. The most noticeable changes concern the new front bumper which makes the car more elegant and the redesigned LED headlights. The new headlights are more angular compared to the standard XC40’s rectangular units, but continue to feature the trademark Thor’s Hammer LED DRLS.

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In profile, not much has changed compared to the standard XC40 while at the rear the differences are imperceptible.

Cabin and Features

Open the doors and you’ll be treated to a familiar Volvo interior design common with its other siblings. The smartly appointed cabin follows a minimalist design theme with the large central touchscreen the focal point of nearly all controls typically mounted in the center console. A screen is also located in the cockpit of the instrument. Also, in keeping with its eco-friendly nature, Volvo does not offer leather upholstery with carpets too made from recycled materials.

In terms of equipment, we only get one P8 variant and Volvo isn’t holding back on equipment. Standard equipment includes adaptive LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, air purifier, panoramic sunroof, power front seats, driver’s seat memory function, 9.0-inch touchscreen with Google software and Google Assistant built-in, Harman Kardon sound system, wireless smartphone integration and Suite. Also included are connected services with a 4-year subscription included in the launch price of the SUV.

Safety kit

In typical Volvo fashion, there’s plenty of safety tech on board. You will get 7 airbags, ABS, traction and stability control, tire pressure monitoring system, 360 degree camera, hill descent control and a combination of advanced driver aids. ADAS features include adaptive cruise control, front and rear collision mitigation, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

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The XC40 Recharge comes standard with a twin-motor all-wheel drive configuration and both motors, one on each axle. Total system output is rated at 402bhp and 660Nm of torque, with Volvo claiming a 0-60mph time of just 4.9 seconds. Volvo doesn’t offer any drive modes as part of the package though, although you can adjust the steering weight via the setting on the central touchscreen and there’s also a one-pedal mode that adjusts the maximum regenerative braking.


One of the most important factors for buying an EV also comes down to its range. The XC40 Recharge will come standard with a 79 kWh battery mounted under the floor. Volvo claims a range of around 418 km on a full charge. Volvo claims the battery supports fast charging and can be filled from 10 to 80 percent in as little as 28 minutes. Volvo says all XC40 Recharge units will come with an 11kW wall box charger.

Prices, reservations and rivals

Volvo has launched the XC40 Recharge at Rs 55.90 lakh (ex-showroom) with reservations open from July 27. The reservation amount is set at Rs 50,000. The automaker had briefly opened reservations for the SUV last year, although they were postponed when the automaker pushed back the launch to 2022. Volvo said that deliveries would start from October this year, although there is no word on how many units will be allocated. still in India.

In terms of rivals, the XC40’s price puts it between the Mini Cooper SE and the Kia EV6 in the Indian market. The former is priced at Rs 50.90 lakh, the latter at Rs 59.95 lakh (ex-showroom).

Abdul J. Gaspar