Volvo XC40 Recharge
10:00 PM | September 24 2021

XC40 Recharge Comparison: Pure Electric v Plug In-Hybrid

I Roll’s quick guide to the key differences between Volvo Cars’ two electrified compact luxury SUVs.
There are now two electrified versions of the popular Volvo XC40, but which one best suits your preferences or lifestyle?
I Roll is here to assist, with a helpful guide to the key differences between the XC40 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid and XC40 Recharge Pure Electric.
Volvo XC40 Recharge Sage Green
Above: The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric.
Volvo XC40 Recharge White
Above: The Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid.


While both XC40 models are electrified – as signified by their ‘Recharge’ badging – they differ significantly under the bonnet.
Lift the bonnets and you will find an internal combustion engine only in the XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid.
There’s a ‘frunk’ under the clamshell-style bonnet of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – a lidded storage area that’s spacious enough to hold a variety of smaller bags or a large holdall.
This showcases some of the vehicle packaging advantages possible with fully electric drivetrains.
The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric features an electric motor on both the front and rear axles, delivering a combined 300kW and 660Nm plus all-wheel drive.
The Hybrid pairs a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 192kW and 425Nm. The engine produces 132kW (at 5800rpm) and 265Nm (at 1500-3000rpm); the electric motor produces 60kW (at 4000rpm) and 160Nm (at 3500rpm).
The transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, with the front wheels driven.
Volvo XC40 Pure Electric Front
Above: The packaging advantages of an electric vehicle allow the Recharge Pure Electric to provide additional storage with its distinctive ‘Frunk’.
Powertrain differences result in naturally different driving experiences and operating ranges for the two electrified XC40 models.
Even the Plug-in Hybrid, however, can provide pure electric motoring – with a maximum range of up to 44km* possible on a full battery charge. When the charge gets low, the turbo petrol simply takes over.
When maximum performance is required, such as for overtaking maneouvres, the XC40 Plug-in Hybrid employs the turbo engine and electric motor simultaneously.
The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric’s performance is derived entirely from the powerful dual electric motors, which make this the fastest model in the range with a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds.
And thanks to a bigger battery pack, the Pure Electric offers an impressive driving range of up to 418km on a full charge.
With the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, the vehicle can offer plenty of range for daily trips, and you should charge as often as required throughout the week. With the XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid, you can drive each way in electric mode, but you may need to charge after each trip in order to minimise fuel usage.
With the Pure Electric, you should have enough range for your daily trips, though you may need to charge at each end-point. With the Plug-in Hybrid, you will be using a combination of electricity and fuel.
The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric can offer enough range for a long commute or weekend getaway, though you will need to coordinate charging opportunities. The Plug-in Hybrid XC40 will use a combination of electricity and fuel.
Volvo Plug-In Hybrid
For the XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid, regularly charging the battery to 100 per cent is a great way to make the most of the vehicle’s electric range. With the fuel engine present, charge can get low without concern.
Charging time can take between three and four hours using a 3.6kW AC fast charging/wallbox, or between four and eight hours with an AC charging 220V household connector.
To make the most of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric’s battery life, we recommend AC charging the battery up to 90 per cent capacity for typical daily driving, and preferably not letting the charge fall below 20 per cent. The vehicle can offer plenty of range for daily trips, and you should charge as often as required throughout the week.
An 11kW AC fast charging/wallbox takes about eight to 10 hours, allowing the Pure Electric to be fully charged overnight.
Use a 50-150kW DC fast-charger and recharging can be as quick as 40 minutes, up to about two hours**.
Both the Pure Electric and Plug-in Hybrid XC40 models are great options if you park in a garage or driveway at home, or a spot with steady access to charging at work, as it’s easy to integrate charging into your daily routine.  
With occasional dedicated access to charging, the plug-in hybrid car may offer greater flexibility as it runs on fuel when you’re unable to charge. The Pure Electric may also be a great fit, depending on your driving pattern.
When relying on short-term public charging – such as at your gym or a shopping centre – the XC40 Plug-in Hybrid may be the better option.  
The XC40 Recharge models from Volvo Cars are both engineered for urban driving. And whether you choose the Plug-in Hybrid or Pure Electric, you can enjoy the benefits and satisfaction of uncompromised motoring.
* This is the range of XC40 Recharge in ideal conditions. Actual range can vary and is affected by many factors. Range is according to WLTP and EPA driving cycles and real-world range may vary. Figures are based on preliminary target. Final vehicle certification pending.

**When charged using fast charging DC up to 150 kW under optimal charging conditions. Charging times are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, current battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition.

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