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Refreshing the Recharge: The 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin AWD Ultimate


2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge

The 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge has had what's known in the business as a mid-cycle refresh. It's the same generation of the vehicle, but with some nips and tucks.


2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge rear 3/4 view

In this case, those physical touch-ups are extremely minor. A new front bumper, a new shape to the headlamps (which also offer new optional state-of-the-art pixel LED technology), a "frameless" "grille" (both in quotation marks because that's not really a grille and it wasn't really a frame), and new color and wheel options.


2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge charging port

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge hood up

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge underhood

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge underhood storage

The XC40 Recharge Twin Ultimate---our test vehicle---remains the electric hot-rod of years prior. 402 horsepower. 486 pounds per foot of torque. 0-60 in 4.3 seconds. As I noted in my review of last year's model, that puts it in some very fast company. Range remains 223 miles on a charge, and it is DC fast charging capable.

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge rear liftgate open

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge rear cargo area

"Recharge" logo in rear pillar


2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge front seats

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge front seat detail

The biggest news in the cabin is the availability of premium leather-free upholstery options.

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge instrument panel

Base price for the 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin AWD Ultimate is $60,595 including destination. That comes with tons of standard equipment including permanent all-wheel drive, 20-inch alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch driver display and a nine-inch integrated touchscreen with Google built-in (it is compatible with Apple CarPlay). There's inductive smartphone charging, a high-performance Harman/Kardon audio system, a comprehensive suite of active safety features, heated front and rear seats, a panoramic moonroof with power shade, an air purifier and heat pump and dual-zone automatic climate control.

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge steering wheel and gauge cluster

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge center console

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge center stack

Our tester did have some extra-cost options---$695 for the Sage Green Metallic paint, $250 for a line that was mysteriously left blank on this car's window sticker (I'd guess heated steering wheel, which I'm pretty sure this car had), and $350 for the Pixel LED headlight option---making the as-tested price $61,890.

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge front view

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge side view


2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge rear view

Again, that 60K-plus price tag is for the top-of-the-line model. If you can live without muscle-car performance, there are XC40 Recharge models that will set you back considerably less. But if you like a fast environmentally-responsible vehicle, this one's pretty great.

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