THE XC40 Recharge plug-in is the initially electrified member of Volvo’s at any time-preferred compact SUV portfolio and a precursor to the looming Pure Electric variation thanks here in August.
Not only is it the most highly-priced variant in the recent XC40 line-up – right until the BEV comes – at $sixty four,990 additionally on-streets, it is also comfortably the most effective with its turbocharged one.five-litre 3-cylinder PHEV powertrain churning out a meaty 195kW – 10kW much more than the T5 R-Structure.
Volvo doesn’t quotation a blended torque determine, but the pressure-fed small triple churns out a good 265Nm all by itself (and contributes 135kW to the whole 195).
Even though the electricity output is extraordinary, it is the XC40 Recharge’s financial system figures that verify the most eye-catching.
Combined fuel usage is rated at just two. litres for each 100km on the blended cycle although the all-electrical driving selection is rated at 46km many thanks to its ten.7kWh lithium-ion battery.
We by now know the XC40 is an exceptionally properly-rounded travel, but we preferred to see if the PHEV variation was a deserving addition to the selection and if it could justify its $8000 price top quality in excess of the T5 R-Structure.