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2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric price and features: New EV plays value card to challenge Mercedes-Benz EQA and Audi Q4 e-tron

The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric small SUV is Volvo Australia’s first all-electric model.

Volvo Australia has confirmed its first all-electric model, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric small SUV, will enter showrooms in the third quarter of this year with sharp pricing and high specification.

Priced from $76,990 plus on-road costs, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric costs around the same as the rivalling Mercedes-Benz EQA (from $76,800), although it sets itself apart by offering a dual-motor powertrain with all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard.

In fact, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric produces 300kW/660Nm, while the EQA’s entry-level single-motor 250 variant ‘only’ has 140kW/375Nm and front-wheel drive. Of note, pricing is yet to be released for its dual-motor 350 version with 215kW/520Nm and AWD.

That said, while the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric has a 11.5kWh-larger battery (78kWh), its 418km of WLTP-certified range is 8km and 14km shorter than that of the EQA’s 250 and 350 versions respectively.

With a DC fast-charger, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric can increase its battery capacity from zero to 80 per cent capacity in about 40 minutes, while the EQA can go from 10 to 80 per cent in half an hour.

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However, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric wrestles back bragging rights with its claimed zero-to-100km/h sprint time of 4.9 seconds, which makes it 4.0s and 1.1s quicker than the EQA 250 and 350 respectively.

Either way, standard equipment in the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric includes Dynamic chassis, LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, power-folding side mirrors, keyless entry and a hands-free power-operated tailgate.

Inside, a 9.0-inch touchscreen Google Android multimedia system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, digital radio, a Harman Kardon sound system, a wireless smartphone charger, heated front and rear seats, dual-zone climate control and leather-accented upholstery feature.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to front and rear autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep and steering assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, surround-view cameras and front and rear parking sensors.

The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is covered by Volvo Australia’s usual five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, although its battery is taken care of by a separate eight-year term.

For reference, a 'coupe' version of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, dubbed C40 Recharge Pure Electric, was recently revealed, although local timing is yet to be confirmed.