Range anxiety is one concern that’s top of mind when shopping for an electric vehicle. As with any car purchase, though, there are always many factors to consider. The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge, the luxury automaker’s first fully electric vehicle, suffers from a short driving range, but it offers other features that make it attractive to the right buyer. And though it placed last on a recent list of 2021 EV ranges, it actually isn’t this year’s EV with the shortest driving range.
The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge’s range
Cars.com recently took a look at 13 new electric vehicles that offer a range of at least 200 miles. The numbers are EPA estimates; however, many factors affect an EV’s range. They include the weather, how and where the vehicle is driven, and the number of people riding in the vehicle.
With a range of 208 miles, the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge places last on Cars.com’s list of 13 EVs. Though that number might not be enough for a road trip, it’s plenty for most people to commute or run errands. And that range doesn’t put the XC40 Recharge too far behind the 2021 Audi e-tron (222 miles) or 2021 Nissan Leaf S Plus (226 miles).
The 2021 Mini Cooper SE is the EV with the lowest range
The Volvo XC40 Recharge might be last on Cars.com’s list, but it’s not the 2021 EV with the shortest range. That distinction goes to the 2021 Mini Cooper SE, AKA the Mini Electric Hardtop. Its range is only 110 miles on a single charge.
However, this Mini Cooper is one of the fastest vehicles under $30,000, U.S. News reports. Its electric motor harnesses 181 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. And this mighty mite can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in seven seconds and reach a maximum speed of 93 mph.
The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge at a glance
The XC40 is Volvo’s smallest SUV, and the XC40 Recharge EV is new for 2021. It has a dual-motor powertrain with a 75-kWh battery pack. The system generates a whopping 402 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque and comes standard with all-wheel drive. This SUV also accelerates quickly, zipping from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
Car and Driver likes the XC40 Recharge’s exterior and interior styling, calling it “charming.” There’s also plenty of passenger space in both rows, and the cabin provides useful cubby storage. And instead of packing an engine under the hood, the XC40 Recharge boasts extra cargo space.
This Volvo also runs a new Android-based infotainment system from Google compatible with iPhones and Android devices. Car and Driver finds the system easy to use. It’s the same one found in the Polestar 2. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is an available feature, as is wireless phone charging.
Standard advanced safety features in the XC40 Recharge include lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and adaptive cruise control with semiautonomous driving mode. C/D points out the XC40 Recharge is much more expensive than its gas-powered sibling. The 2021 XC40 Recharge costs $55,085, including a $1,095 destination charge.
If you’re looking for maximum range, consider a Tesla. The 2021 Model S Long Range offers a 412-mile range. But the Model S Plaid+ boasts 500-plus miles. But if you don’t need that much range, the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge might be just right.