The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is already sold out in Australia | Source: E&T Magazine

2021’s Best Small Luxury SUV Goes Electric: The Volvo XC40 Recharge

Safe, reliable and innovative – Volvo in three words. The forward-thinking car company is aiming to produce 100 per cent electric vehicles by 2030. The first of which enters the Australian market this year with the Volvo XC40 Recharge. And its first-ever fully-electric offering is already sold out.

The Recharge is the electric version of the Volvo XC40 – a car that won this year’s Drive ‘Best Small Luxury SUV.’ The XC40 remains Volvo’s flagship Australian model with a 56 per cent increase in sales this year.

It’s no surprise then that the electric vehicle version has been snapped up by eager buyers even before it’s reached our shores. Verified by Volvo Car Australia, its 2021 allocation of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is already exhausted.

“We are thrilled that the success of our XC40 has extended to our newest addition, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric.”

Company spokesperson Greg Bosnich

The 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is available in just one specification although there is a plugin hybrid version. The smart SUV starting at A$76,990, is the most expensive model in the XC40 range. For that money (slightly more than Tesla’s entry-level Model 3 at around A$63,000) you’ll get a 78kWh battery pack with a pair of 150kW electric motors on each axle for an all-wheel-drive configuration.

The 300kW of power, with torque listed at 660Nm, will launch the car from 0-100km/h in only 4.9 seconds – a fairly decent achievement for an EV. The range is promised by Volvo at 418km on one charge with an 80 per cent charge time (at a DC station) of around 40 minutes.

Inside the 2021 XC40 Recharge is Volvo’s familiarly refined Swedish design. It feels premium, sleek and stylish with the extra space you’d expect from a compact SUV. You’re treated to everything that makes a drive comfortable; two-zone climate control, leather-accented upholstery, both front and rear heated seats and soft carpet.

The car is rife with modern conveniences and innovative electronics. Utilise power-folding rear headrests, keyless entry and hands-free tailgate, electronic folding exterior mirrors and auto-dimming internal and external mirrors.

True to Volvo’s brilliant safety rating, the XC40 Recharge is packed with driver assistance features and safety technology; 360 degree cameras, front and rear park assist, blind-spot info system, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping asset and front and rear parking assist are just some.

The rest of the extensive features list is what you’d expect from Volvo. The Recharge PE is the first Volvo in Australia to feature the company’s new Google-developed Android infotainment system. It comes standard with Google Maps, Google Assistant and Google Play apps controlled via a handy 9.0-inch central touch screen. 

Specs

  • 9-inch Centre Screen Display
  • Harman Kardon Premium Sound System
  • Smartphone integration 
  • Voice control 
  • Driver assistance technology
  • Wireless device charging

Although this year’s production is already accounted for, Volvo has sent orders for more back to Sweden. The next available deliveries in Australia of the electric Volvo XC40 Recharge can be expected around February 2022.

Meanwhile, you can have a look at another electric SUV; the Aston Martin DBX and the Audi e-Tron.

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