Volvo XC40 Recharge Single Motor Review: One Motor At A Time!

Pratik RakshitMay 6, 2024

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Volvo introduces the rear-wheel-drive XC40 Recharge Single Motor, providing a less potent but more budget-friendly alternative.

Until 2024, the Volvo XC40 Recharge was exclusively offered in a dual-motor all-wheel-drive configuration. However, Volvo introduced the rear-drive XC40 Recharge Single Motor in 2024, providing a less potent but more budget-friendly alternative. This new variant promises an improved range and slightly faster charging times. So, let's look at how this 2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge E60 Single Motor holds up.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge Single Motor: Exterior

Staying true to its established design language, the XC40 Recharge maintains its elegant appearance with a contrasting black roof and aero-optimised 19-inch five-spoke wheels. While it draws inspiration from its C40 sibling with a filled-in grille and angular headlights, some may find the overall aesthetic lacking innovation.

Volvo XC40 Recharge

However, there are noticeable omissions in the Single Motor variant, which comes with a slightly reduced price tag. The absence of front fog lamps creates an awkward void on the fascia, detracting from the overall cohesion of the design. Despite retaining the iconic Thor hammer headlamps, the lack of Pixel LED headlamps found in other versions may disappoint buyers seeking advanced lighting technology. The Recharge badging at the back loses the P8 lettering denoting its single motor capability.

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On a positive note, the "Cloud Blue" paint option adds a touch of elegance to the vehicle's appearance. Nevertheless, the visual similarities between the RWD and AWD versions may leave some yearning for a more distinctive identity in the lineup.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge Single Motor: Tech & Interior

Despite its compact size, the cabin doesn't feel cramped. It's decked out with luxurious features like a panoramic roof, a 13-speaker audio system, and an air purifier, making it a cosy hangout spot. Plus, standard amenities such as auto-dimming mirrors, and wireless phone charging add a touch of convenience.

Volvo XC40 Recharge

The topography décor, resembling maps, adds a quirky touch to the interior, while the large 12.3-inch gauge cluster display impresses with sharp graphics. However, the 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen feels a bit underwhelming for a luxury SUV, especially when compared to competitor BMW iX1, which boasts a cleaner and more futuristic interior. While Apple CarPlay is included, we opted to explore the XC40 Recharge's native Google-based onboard software, which proved to be reliable, particularly with Google Maps' public charger-finding feature.

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On the downside, while the power front seats offer comfort, the rear seats could use some extra padding as they feel rather stiff. Another notable aspect is the inability to adjust the rear bench's seat-back angle, which may affect passenger comfort on longer journeys. However, the inclusion of cubbies and seat-back netting behind the front seats provides additional storage options, enhancing the practicality.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge Single Motor: Battery & Performance

The XC40 Recharge Single Motor, with its 235 bhp and 420 Nm of torque, takes a step back in power compared to its Twin Motor sibling. While it competes reasonably well with other single-motor electric SUVs, it's clear that Volvo prioritised efficiency over outright performance in this iteration.

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge Plus

Volvo XC40 Recharge Ultimate


69 kWh

78 kWh

Combined Power

235 bhp

402 bhp

Peak Torque

420 Nm

660 Nm


1-Speed AT

1-Speed AT




In contrast to the Twin Motor's emphasis on speed, the Single Motor version offers a more composed driving experience. While it lacks the exhilarating acceleration of its counterpart, it compensates with a smoother and more confident demeanour on the road. However, this approach may disappoint drivers seeking a thrill behind the wheel.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge Single Motor: Ride & Handling

While the chassis upgrades shared with the Twin Motor model improve ride quality, the decision to opt for 19-inch wheels could potentially compromise comfort. Despite the enhancements, there's a lingering concern that Volvo may have sacrificed too much of the XC40's renowned comfort for the sake of a sportier aesthetic.

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The XC40's steering offers precision, albeit with a slight tendency towards being light. Its neutral handling allows for tidy manoeuvring, enhancing overall agility. However, the driving experience is hampered by the inability to apply throttle until the steering wheel is straight, which could be a deal-breaker for those seeking a more dynamic driving feel.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge Single Motor: One Pedal Drive

Volvo's implementation of one-pedal driving controls leaves much to be desired. Buried deep within the infotainment interface, it lacks the customisation options found in some competitors. With only three settings—on, off or auto—users may find the lack of adjustability frustrating. In the automatic mode, braking occurs noticeably upon lifting off the accelerator, purportedly adjusting based on the distance to the vehicle ahead.

Volvo XC40 Recharge

However, my experience revealed inconsistencies in its performance, sometimes requiring manual braking intervention. While the learning curve for one-pedal driving is relatively short, its usability ultimately depends on personal preference; you'll either embrace it or promptly disable it.

Volvo XC40 Recharge Single Motor: Prices & Verdict

Safety is paramount to Volvo and is not compromised here either. It can even fast charge from 0-80 per cent in under an hour. But you will be shocked to know that Volvo is offering this version for just ₹ 3 lakh less than the dual motor version, which I have a problem with.

Volvo XC40 Recharge Plus (Single Motor)

₹ 54.95 lakh (ex-showroom, India)

Volvo XC40 Recharge Ultimate (Dual-Motor)

₹ 57.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India)

Wouldn’t someone instead buy the higher-spec model with more features and a lot more performance? Except for the Ioniq 5, both the EV6 and the iX1 are pricier purchases, but all three cars offer so much more for the money.

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Prices (ex-showroom, India)

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Kia EV6


Single Motor

₹ 46.06 lakh

₹ 60.95 lakh


Dual Motor


₹ 65.95 lakh

₹ 66.90 lakh

If it were me, I would opt for the dual-motor version of the XC40 Recharge over its single-motor sibling.

Photography By: Apoorv Choudhary

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