2021 Volvo C40 Recharge arrives

New electric only C40 Recharge Crossover capable of 261-mile range

  • Volvo’s first electric only model
  • 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds
  • 261 mile range

This is the new Volvo C40 Recharge, a small pure-electric crossover based on the XC40 P8 Recharge SUV. It’ll only be offered with a dual-motor electric powertrain and a range of up to 261 miles.

The C40 will have a variety of rivals, ranging from the Tesla Model 3 and forthcoming Audi Q4 e-tron to the VW ID.3 and ID.4. Volvo says the C40 will only be sold online, meaning subscription and rental schemes are likely to account for the majority of sales. 

Prices have yet to be confirmed but we expect the C40 to be slightly cheaper than the similar XC40 P8 Recharge, which starts at around £50,000. First deliveries are likely to begin at the end of the year.

2021 Volvo C40 Recharge: design

The C40 is clearly related to the XC40 SUV with a matching front-end design that includes a closed-off front grille and a pair of LED headlights sporting the brand's 'Thor’s Hammer’ lighting signature. The roofline is where the two cars begin to differ, though, with the C40’s roof sloping sharply from the B-pillar onwards into a coupe-style rear end. 

Both the C40 and XC40 sit on Volvo’s CMA platform, meaning they have an identical wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) and the same amount of rear legroom. The C40’s sharper roofline reduces rear passenger headroom by around 6cm but retains the same 431-litre boot as the XC40 Recharge. There’s also an additional 31-litre storage space under the bonnet for charging cables. 

Interior and technology

The interior of the C40 has yet to be revealed but it’s likely to be very similar to the XC40 with the same dashboard design and control layout. Volvo has confirmed the C40 will be the first model offered without leather upholstery.

Like the XC40 Recharge, the C40’s infotainment system is powered by Android Auto, which allows access to Google Maps for navigation, Google Assistant and the Google Play store for apps. 

Powertrain, performance and charging

The C40 uses the same powertrain as the XC40 P8 Recharge. This means it has two electric motors, one on each axle, producing a total of 402bhp. Performance is brisk as you’d expect, with 0-62mph taking 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 112mph. 

It has a 78kWh battery with a claimed range of 261 miles. When connected to a 150kW rapid charger, a top up from 0-80% takes around 40 minutes. An 11kW home wallbox takes around eight hours to complete a full charge. According to Volvo, both the car’s overall range and charging times are expected to be improved by future over-the-air software updates. 

Read our reviews of the electric Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 and the Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV

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