9:30 PM | June 21 2021
XC40 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid wins petrol-electric luxury SUV comparison
Motoring reviews website CarAdvice has chosen the petrol-electric XC40 as its pick of two plug-in hybrid luxury compact SUVs.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid is CarAdvice’s pick from a comparison involving the Swedish compact luxury SUV’s most direct rival.
Volvo’s most affordable plug-in hybrid was the popular motoring website’s choice for best delivering on the luxurious and refined experience expected from an electrified premium vehicle.
The Recharge Plug-In Hybrid, carrying the Recharge name applied to the Swedish brand’s range of electrified vehicles, joined the highly popular XC40 range in 2020.
It combines a turbocharged three-cylinder engine with an electric motor powered by a 10.7kWh battery to make it the most fuel-efficient model in the line-up, as well one of the quickest models.
“The combination of a revvy three-cylinder and electric drive assistance gives the XC40 a very zippy nature,” wrote CarAdvice. “The bulk of the engine’s 265Nm is available between 1500 and 3000rpm, which gives the little SUV all but immediate urgency off the line. So much so that Volvo claims a 7.3sec sprint to 100km/h.”
The XC40 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid has combined cycle fuel consumption of just 2.2 litres per 100km, plus a pure electric driving range of up to 46km.
CarAdvice found during its testing that the XC40 was able to deliver closer to its estimated range than the rival model – an estimate that also proved to be more accurate.
The motoring website also discovered the Recharge Plug-In Hybrid provides the same great level of comfort and luxury as the rest of the XC40 range.
“Volvo knows how to make great seats, and as such the front cabin of the XC40 is very comfortable,” said CarAdvice. “Things like the carpeted transmission tunnel, contrast stitching on the leather trim, frameless rear-view mirror and knurled switchgear make the little Volvo feel decidedly luxurious.”
Standard equipment highlights for the XC40 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid include 20-inch Black Diamond-Cut alloy wheels, active bending LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, Harman Kardon audio system, automatic tailgate, electric front seats, Agnes leather-accented and Nubuck Charcoal upholstery, 9.0-inch central infotainment touchscreen, and 12.3-inch digital driver display.
In summarising, CarAdvice wrote:
“As an exercise in modern urban style, from drivetrain to headlights, the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge is a premium and practical way to make an initial step toward an electric-powered transport solution of our hopefully not too distant future.
“Parking your style preference for a moment, then, choosing either vehicle will give you a usable electric range, zippy performance and a practical cabin that works effortlessly around town. If it were our money, we’d plump for the Volvo largely because its luxurious and stylish nature is more in tune with silent electric motoring.”
The electrification of the Volvo XC40 continues in the third quarter of 2021 with the introduction of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – the company’s first ever fully electric vehicle.