More Powerful, But Also More Expensive
Despite excellent packaging and an impressive array of safety features, the Volvo XC40 is a little less fun to drive than its brave appearance suggests. Falling into an electric powertrain fixes part of the problem by providing quick and effortless acceleration, as we noted on our first spin behind the wheel of the fully electric 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge. So what will this faster, gas-less XC40 cost you?
The XC40 Recharge will start at $ 54,985 when it arrives in the United States later this year. Keep in mind that you may be eligible for a federal tax credit of $ 7,500, as well as additional state incentives. Still, that’s a far cry from the 2021 gasoline Volvo XC40, which starts at $ 34,695. Charging too seems more expensive than the Tesla Model Y of $ 51,190, until you consider Tesla no longer eligible for the federal tax credit; with the tax rebate, the Volvo’s price drops to $ 47,485.
Under the sheet metal, the Volvo XC40 Recharge has an electric powertrain that develops 402 horsepower and 486 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels. Drivers can recharge Recharge’s 78-kilowatt-hour battery to 80% capacity in as little as about 40 minutes with a DC fast charger.
The model will feature a new Android infotainment system with built-in Google services such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store. Standard perks include a 9-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, four USB-C ports, panoramic sunroof, and rear parking aid.
Just because it’s an electric vehicle doesn’t mean Volvo is limited in its choices. Eight color options are available, including various shades of black, silver, gray, blue, red, white, and green. Buyers can splurge for the advanced pack with the Pilot Assist system, a 360-degree camera, and smartphone wireless charging. Other options include a climate package, Harman Kardon audio system and an energy-saving heat pump. Yes, you can still get that awesome bright orange carpet that the XC40 is also known for.