New Volvo C40 Recharge electric SUV: range and charging times

Volvo has unveiled its stylish new C40 Recharge – an electric coupe SUV with up to 261 miles of driving range

James Allen
Mar 31, 2021

A good chunk of the new electric cars on sale now are high-riding SUVs, and there’ll soon be another one to have on your radar - albeit a more sleek 'coupe' version - as the Volvo C40 Recharge goes on sale in the UK shortly.

If the C40 Recharge looks a lot like the Volvo XC40 Recharge to you, that’s no coincidence, as the two cars are very closely related to one another. They both use the same 78kWh battery pack, the same all-wheel drive electric motor setup and are nigh-on identical to each other when it comes to interior tech specs.

That’s not to say the two electric Volvos are carbon copies of each other, though. It’s pretty easy to tell the two apart on the road, thanks to the C40 Recharge’s swoopy coupe looks, which give it a much more distinctive profile than the standard Volvo XC40.

Perhaps surprisingly, the C40’s more sloping roofline doesn’t appear to have affected the car’s practicality that much (its luggage volume of 413 litres, with the rear seats in place, is on par with the XC40 Recharge’s, for instance), and the C40’s claimed range of up to 261 miles per charge is a little bit better than what its sibling can manage, too.

Volvo hasn’t yet said exactly when the C40 Recharge will go on sale in the UK, though the car is set to go into production during autumn 2021, so it's likely to be before the end of 2021. Prices will be confirmed closer to launch as well, though the Volvo C40 Recharge will likely be in the same £60,000 ballpark as the fully electric version of the Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Quick facts

  • Claimed range of 261 miles
  • Up to 80% charge in 40 minutes
  • Compatible with 150kW charging points
  • 413 litres of luggage volume
  • Interior claimed to be 100% leather-free
  • Prices and release date to be confirmed

New Volvo C40 Recharge range and charging

For a car of this size, the Volvo C40 Recharge has a pretty respectable driving range. Volvo claims the car can cover up to 261 miles between charges, which is competitive in comparison with its main rivals. The similarly-sized Mercedes EQA has a range of 263 miles, for instance. The C40’s range is also a little bit better than the 258 miles its Volvo XC40 Recharge sibling can manage.

That range comes courtesy of a 78kWh battery pack, which is quite big for a car of its size. Despite this, it doesn’t take that long to charge the C40 Recharge up if you find a powerful enough charging point. Plug the C40 Recharge into a 150kW charger and, Volvo says, you’ll be able to charge the batteries up to 80% (the equivalent of around 208 miles of range) in 40 minutes.

Charging times will be longer at less powerful charging points, though. You can expect a full charge using an 11kW charging point or wall box unit installed at your home to take around eight hours, for instance.

New Volvo C40 Recharge power and performance

Volvo hasn’t stated how much power the C40 Recharge has at its disposal. However, because its 0-62mph acceleration time of 4.9 seconds - which is very quick for a car of this type - is identical to the XC40 Recharge’s, it’s highly likely the C40 Recharge is just as powerful as its sibling.

This means the C40 Recharge’s dual electric motor setup should be able to produce up to 408hp and 660Nm of torque - both of which are the kinds of figures you'd expect from a high-performance sports car rather than a comfort-oriented small SUV.

Like all new Volvos, the C40 Recharge will have a restricted top speed of 112mph, meaning that despite the limiter, it’ll have more than enough straight-line performance for any road you will ever find yourself on in the UK.

New Volvo C40 Recharge specifications

If you already own a Volvo XC40, then you’ll feel right at home inside the Volvo C40 Recharge. The dashboard layout is nigh-on identical in both cars, and the C40 Recharge’s big touchscreen display is the same one you’ll find on the Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Other tech specs are yet to be confirmed, though the images of the car’s interior give us a good idea of what to expect. The C40 Recharge should come with a fully digital instrument display, for example, and other features like climate control, heated front seats and a premium sound system will also be offered on this electric Volvo.

In keeping with the car’s more environmentally-conscious credentials, Volvo has cut back on the use of animal products in the C40’s interior. This can be clearly seen on the car’s seats, which have been upholstered in a synthetic leather material.

New Volvo C40 Recharge practicality

We won’t know for sure how spacious the C40 Recharge is until closer to launch, though the XC40 Recharge gives us a good idea of what to expect. Overall, there should be plenty of space up front, and adults likely won’t be left wanting for leg room in the back. However, the sloping roofline means rear seat head room may take a bit of a hit on the C40.

Those rakish looks haven’t compromised the boot space with the seats in place, though. According to Volvo, the C40 Recharge and the XC40 Recharge have identical luggage volumes of 413 litres, though it may be a different story if you load up to the roof, with the C40 likely to offer less capacity due to the sloping roof. Because there’s no conventional engine up front, the C40 Recharge also comes with 31 litres of extra space under the bonnet, which most owners will likely use to store the car’s charging cables.

New Volvo C40 Recharge prices and release date

Volvo hasn’t yet confirmed when order books for the C40 Recharge will open. However, as the car will go into production during late 2021, it should go on sale by early 2022.

Prices for the C40 Recharge will also be confirmed closer to launch - for reference, the mechanically identical Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge will set you back around £60,000, so you can expect a similar starting point for the C40.


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