Volvo C40 Recharge Review 2024

Volvo C40 Recharge At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Volvo C40 recharge is a stylish, nice to drive and well-finished electric coupe-SUV. It gets a better on-paper range than the XC40 Recharge, too, but it's more expensive to buy and not as practical.

+Performance of dual-motor model is impressive. More comfortable ride than rivals. Cabin is a nice place to sit.

-Loses boot space and rear headroom to XC40 Recharge, which is also cheaper to buy. Some parts of the Android infotainment are fiddly.

If you're looking for a classy, premium electric car and don't mind paying a bit more for the privilege, the Volvo C40 Recharge is a very likeable car. But is it really necessary when the XC40 Recharge is a little cheaper, almost as stylish, roomier and identical to drive? Our Volvo C40 Recharge review delves deeper. 

No, the C40 Recharge is not a successor to the funky little Volvo C30 coupe. It's something quite different from that, but then Volvo is a very different company than it was when the C30 was around. 

The C30 was a compact car based on the Ford Focus underneath. Why? Because Ford once owned Volvo alongside Mazda, Jaguar and Land Rover. Now all those companies are under different ownership, with Volvo part of the Chinese automotive giant Geely. 

Over a decade has passed since Volvo's new owners got to work, and what a transformation. As well as being more stylish and high-tech than ever, the full might of Geely has brought about a pivot towards hybrid and electric cars. The Volvo C40 Recharge, then, is a fully electric SUV with a coupe-like roofline, rivalling the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback, Mercedes EQA and - in dual-motor form - the Jaguar I-Pace

Recognise it from the front? That's because it's basically a sloping roofed version of the Volvo XC40 Recharge, and shares the shame mechanical (and electrical) bits underneath.

That means both single and dual motor electric power options, with power between 238PS and 408PS. For the latest 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge facelift the single motor has moved from the front to the back, and along with the updated XC40 Recharge, these are the first rear-wheel drive Volvos for 25 years. 

The 297-mile single motor Volvo C40 Recharge is hardly slow, but the dual-motor version is hilariously rapid for a car like this. Range has also been increased significantly, up from 278 miles to an official 342 miles. 

Despite the sportier shape the Volvo C40 Recharge is more geared towards comfort, with a smoother ride than some rivals and those fantastically comfortable Volvo seats. You do lose a bit of rear seat and boot space over the XC40, though it's hardly cramped. You also get the same high level of quality and the (mostly) impressive Android Automotive infotainment system.