Kelley Blue Book: How does the Volvo XC40 Recharge compare to the VW ID.4?

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Volkswagen’s VWAGY, +0.28% first EV SUV for the U.S. is the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4, a sharp compact crossover with impressive range. Let’s see how it compares to the all-electric 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge.

2022 Volkswagen ID.4

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 starting price: $ 41,190

Above average: 250-mile range; optional all-wheel drive; 2,700-pound towing capacity; great standard safety features.

Below average: Heavy; no spare tire; no volume knob for the stereo.

Consensus: A brand-new electric compact SUV, the Volkswagen ID.4 is a comfortable and practical vehicle boasting a 250-mile range. The weight keeps it from being the sportiest member of the segment, but the interior is quiet and comfortable.

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge

The Volvo XC40 Recharge


2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge starting price: $ 55,085

Above average: Excellent safety features; distinct looks; standard all-wheel drive; luxurious interior.

Below average: Cargo space; complicated touchscreen; only average range; rear foot room.

Consensus: The smallest of Volvo’s VLVLY, -1.78% crossovers, the subcompact 2022 XC40 Recharge is the EV variant of the company’s compact SUV. With all-wheel drive and plenty of safety features, it’s definitely a Volvo, but it still has a few kinks to work out.

ID.4 vs. XC40 Recharge: Range or power

Volkswagen ID.4

As with a number of its competitors, Volkswagen is gambling big on an EV future, and the 2022 ID.4 is the first of the company’s EVs to come to the U.S. The base model is rear-wheel drive, with a rear-mounted electric motor making 201 horsepower and giving the ID.4 250 miles of range. An all-wheel-drive variant has motors in both axles and makes 295 hp, but the range is reduced to 230 miles.

Acceleration is smooth rather than sprightly, perhaps owing to the ID.4’s considerable weight, although Sport mode offers a bit more punch. Mostly this SUV is focused on comfort, with a very quiet cabin that’s well insulated from the outside and a smooth ride. Properly equipped, the ID.4 can tow up to 2,700 pounds.

Inside, the interior is minimalist but spacious, with ample room for four or five in a pinch. Behind the second row is a usable 33 cubic feet of space that expands to 64 with the rear bench folded. Unlike many of its EV competitors, however, the ID.4 does not have space in what would normally be the engine compartment in front.

Standard features include heated seats, rain-sensing wipers, wireless Apple AAPL, +0.65% CarPlay/Android Auto, and 10-inch touchscreen. Also included are several driver-assist and safety features, including forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert, among others.

Not only does the ID.4 qualify for a $ 7,500 federal tax credit, but ID.4 owners get three years of unlimited charging at Electrify America fast chargers, which can bring the battery to 80% in about 40 minutes.

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XC40 Recharge

While the Volvo XC40 compact SUV has been around since 2019, 2022 marks the second year of the Recharge. This electric powertrain employs motors in both front and rear for standard all-wheel drive. The range is 208 miles, and the XC40 Recharge can be brought up to 80 percent in about 40 minutes using a fast charger.

Given its size and short wheelbase, the XC40 is quite maneuverable, with an impressive 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. It’s not only quick but sporty and confident when the road starts to curve. Ground clearance of 8.3 inches makes it a decent all-weather performer as well. Towing capacity maxes out at 2,000 pounds.

Inside, the XC40 Recharge is relatively roomy considering its compact footprint, offering a variety of options for storage space. The load area behind the rear seat is only 14.6 cubic feet, but it expands to 57.5 cubic feet with the back seat folded.

Standard features include heated front seats, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, power moonroof, 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, and 9-inch vertical touchscreen with satellite radio, Google GOOGL, -1.09% Maps, and Google Play. It’s also compatible with Apple CarPlay. Standard safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver alertness monitor, lane-keeping assist, and lane-departure warning.

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Options include both a 360-degree camera system and a Harman Kardon audio system upgrade.


Charging time; good standard safety features; both qualify for $ 7,500 federal tax credit.

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 advantages

Longer range; more cargo space; lower cost; towing capacity; higher MPGe.

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge advantages

Quicker acceleration; sharper handling; considerably more power; standard all-wheel drive.

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Which one is right for me?

With 250 miles of range, the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 provides a smooth ride and a very comfortable cabin. All-wheel drive is available for poor weather.

Making considerably more power, the 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge just passes the 200-mile range threshold. Still, it provides the thrills of electric acceleration and handling with the bonus of standard all-wheel drive.

Compare the specs:

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge
Popular Powertrains
Electric Motor 220 kW permanent magnet 150/150 kW Dual AC permanent magnet
Horsepower 201 hp 402 hp
Torque 229 lb-ft 487 lb-ft
EPA Driving Range 250 miles 208 miles
EPA Fuel Economy 97 combined/104 city/89 highway MPGe 78 combined/85 city/72 hwy MPGe
Level 2 Charging Time 7-10 hours 8 hours
Battery pack 82 kWh Li-ion; 288 cells 78 kWh Li-ion
Also available AWD
Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Battery warranty 8 years/100,000 miles 8 years/100,000 miles
NHTSA Safety Rating n/a 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 108.9 inches 106.4 inches
Overall Length 180.5 inches 174.2 inches
Width 72.9 inches 73.7 inches
Height 64.4 inches 65.3 inches
Turning Diameter 33.6 feet 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 41.1 inches 39.0 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.4 inches 39.1 inches
Legroom, Front 41.1 inches 40.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 37.6 inches 36.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.5 inches 56.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.9 inches 56.3 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 99.9 cubic feet 98.0 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 33.0/64.2 cubic feet 14.6/47.4 cubic feet

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