During the launch of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, Volvo Malaysia said the price will be revealed on the 4th of April 2022, which is today. Delivering on its word, the electric vehicle (EV) will be priced at RM262,460 inclusive of import and excise duties, and sales tax exemption as announced during Budget 2022. The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is also the first EV to be locally assembled in Malaysia and will be exported to other ASEAN markets.
Also included in the price is a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty for the vehicle and an eight-year or 160,000km battery warranty. Extras include a five-year free service package as well as five-year free roadside assistance.
This makes the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric the most expensive variant in the XC40 range. It is priced at about RM20K more than the XC40 Recharge T5 R-Design plug-in hybrid variant which costs RM241,997 and is still on sale. However, the difference in pricing will be smaller when the tax breaks for petrol-powered vehicles expire at the end of June 2022, which includes hybrid vehicles.
If you’ve been eyeing the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric ever since you read our coverage last month, you can head over to volvocars.com/my to submit your order request. Volvo makes it look like you have customisation options, but you only can choose between the 5 available colours – Black Stone, Denim Blue, Glacier Silver, Crystal White, and Sage Green.
You will also be presented with some add-on packages, namely an exterior styling kit for RM12,099. This kit includes a rear roof spoiler, front and rear skid plates, and some brushed stainless steel trim on the lower door trim mouldings. Then there is a car protection package that costs RM3,986, which adds lockable wheel bolts, moulded plastic mats for the cabin and boot compartment, and an illuminated scuff plate for the tailgate. The final option is an insurance service from AXA-Affin General Insurance Bhd for RM7,017.90.
In the next stage, you will be presented with a choice between applying for a loan or paying cash. Regardless of which option you go with, you will end up at the same final step, which is to fill in your particulars and select your preferred Volvo retailer. According to Volvo, a representative will contact you “shortly” to assist with completing your purchase. Delivery is expected to begin towards the end of April 2022.
As a quick refresher, the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is fitted with a 78kWh battery pack paired with dual electric motors powering all four wheels (AWD). Total system output is rated at 408hp and 660Nm of torque which gets the EV from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds. By comparison, the aforementioned Hyundai Ioniq 5 produces 300hp and 605Nm of torque while the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 AMG Line only manages 190hp and 370Nm of torque.
So, if it’s performance you’re after, the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric takes the cake here.
Volvo’s EV also supports up to 150kW DC fast charging, which can charge the battery to 80% in about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, using an 11kW AC wall box charger will take seven and half hours for a full charge. Once fully charged, Volvo claims the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric can get about 418km of range as tested on the WLTP cycle.
Design-wise, the EV shares a lot of styling cues from the XC40 Recharge T5 R-Design plug-in hybrid. There is also the full-LED lighting system with Volvo’s signature Thor’s hammer LED daytime running lights upfront. The car rides on 19-inch wheels with its own model-specific design.
Stepping inside the cabin, it yet again resembles the XC40 Recharge T5 plug-in hybrid but with notable differences.
Firstly it runs on the new Android Automotive OS, which offers a standalone Android OS experience on your car’s infotainment system, unlike Android Auto which requires a wired or wireless connection to an Android phone. Simply sign in to your Google account and it will sync automatically. As for the driver, they get a 12.3” digital instrument cluster with a user-configurable layout.
Secondly, it is the only XC40 model to get a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system.
As for safety, Volvo’s Pilot Assist active driver aids are included as standard. These include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian, cyclist and animal detection, rear cross-traffic alert with auto braking, lead car departure alert, park assist, and a 360-degree surround-view camera.
The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric also has all the fundamental safety features covered as well like seven airbags, electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, hill start assist and hill descent control.
For a more detailed look at the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, you can read our full coverage here.