Volvo’s coming down hard on the Australian market with all time high sales despite Covid restrictions, The brand is looking upwards here down under. This all comes from great vehicles from the Swedish automaker such as the XC60 which is right up against the BMW X3 and the XC40 which is awfully roomy for it’s small compact body.

Even though Volvo offers a plug-in hybrid with all it’s SUV’s, It’s been a wait for Volvo to bring their first electric vehicle to Australia, With their aim to have the whole range battery powered in the near future. As for right now, We’re stuck with one electric vehicle. Which is the 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric.

Now that Australia is catching up in the electric car world which vehicles such as Tesla Model 3 and the new Tesla Model Y, Mercedes Benz EQA, Polestar 2, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6. The XC40 Electric has to really bring it’s a game to succeed.

The Volvo XC40 is a compact luxury crossover SUV which was originally unveiled on 21st September 2017 with manufacturing starting in November 2017 and the electric variant being released in 2020.

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric

What others think of the Volvo XC40 Recharge

Let’s see what other reviewers have to say about the 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric



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The 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is a car that’s built for drivers who don’t want to ‘stand out’ from the crowd when driving an electric only vehicle. As a result the behind the wheel characteristics are very similar to that of a conventional petrol car. This can be a great electric vehicle for drivers who aren’t ready to tell the world that they’re driving electric.

The XC40 really needs to prove itself to stand out from the pack in Australia.

  • Smart infotainment system
  • Smart interior
  • Very impressive performance
  • Not the most efficient Electric Vehicle
  • Buggy Android Automotive
  • Internal-combustion limitations
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Put up against the Mercedes Benz EQA, The XC40 Recharge certainly finds it’s place in the evolving electric car space. With the Volvo feeling rather coherent for an electric vehicle on a combustion platform.

Offering a solid range and some easy to use technology and impressive performance, The Volvo is a real competitor in the segment with it’s similarly priced, price tag. It’s a solid option for first adopters.

  • Performance
  • Design
  • Range
  • No affordable 2WD
  • Firm ride
  • Cabin noise on freeway
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Our final thoughts

If you’re looking for an electric vehicle that’s capable of not only looking ‘under the radar’ while offering features that are user friendly. The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is a vehicle not to look past.