Tesla Model Y vs Volvo XC40 Recharge – Clash Of The EV Titans


Which all-electric SUV is better than the Tesla Model Y, or the Volvo XC40 Recharge?

In this review, we will look at seven key metrics, compare the Model Y to the Volvo XC40 Recharge, and see which electric SUV is the best.

Also, make sure that you stick around to the end of the review because I’m going to reveal a significant issue that Tesla has, and if they don’t fix it, they could be overtaken in the future as the EV leader.

Performance

Volvo’s first-ever all-electric SUV, the XC40 Recharge, is based on its compact modular architecture platform, underpinning the Pulstar 2 from its sister company Pulstar.

The XC40 does not lack in the performance category where the all-wheel-drive XC40 Recharge has around 402 horsepower and can go zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds.

It has a 78-kilowatt hour liquid-cooled battery pack, which will provide over 200 miles of range, and according to Volvo, if you count the $7,500 U.S federal tax credit, it will start under $48,000.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge SUV is just a starting point for Volvo’s electric aspirations. Volvo is committing to rolling out one new Recharge branded all-electric vehicle every year through 2025.

Tesla’s latest vehicle, the Model Y, is built off of their trendy monitoring sedan. It looks very similar to the outside and inside, but it offers more cargo space and more room for passengers.

Although Volvo has given us some estimates for the starting price of the XC40 Recharge, we don’t have any of the official numbers, yet we’re not going to spend a lot of time on price comparison.

However, when you take Volvo’s price estimates and compare it to the long-range all-wheel-drive variant of the Model Y, you can see that even if you include the $7,500 U.S tax credit off of the Volvo XC40 Recharge it is in the same price range.

Purchase Cost’s

Long Range Y vs XC40 AWDXC40Model YY vs XC40
Purchase Price$55,500$49,990-$5,510
Sales Tax (7.5%)$4,162$3,749-$413
Finance Cost (3%@ 72 Mo, $5k Dwn)$4,744$4,228-$516
US Federal Tax Credit-$7,500-$0+$7,500
Net Cost$56,906$57,967+$1,061
Price as of 2020

So now, let’s dive into the aspects of comparison and see how these vehicles compare when it comes to technology and features, passenger and cargo space, range and efficiency, charging warranty and resale value.

Interior

When it comes to the interior of the XC40, it has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The digital instrument cluster is nice, but the nine-inch touch screen infotainment system is relatively small, especially when you compare it to Tesla’s large 15-inch center display.

The XC40 uses an Android-based infotainment system, which will include popular apps like google maps, google assistant, and the google play store.

One great feature built into Google maps is when the driver inputs a destination into Google maps. It takes road curvature, elevation, and the temperature along the route to calculate the battery’s remaining charge upon arrival.

Like Tesla, it’ll show charging stations along the way that make it easier to minimize range anxiety.

Of course, the android based system has a lot of positives, and it’s very familiar to most users because a lot of people have used android based systems. It’s straightforward and should be very easy to use.

However, Tesla is still the king of infotainment. As we already mentioned, the Tesla Model Y has a much larger 15-inch screen, perfect for video.

Tesla is also well known for all their new software updates which
continuously improve their vehicles’ functionality, and what’s great is many of these features are added based on actual user’s feedback.

The Tesla team and Elon Musk always have their ear open to what customers say and their features to be added to their vehicles.

The Tesla Model Y also has some critical software features, like sentry mode, which gives you video surveillance around your vehicle when you’re not around.

It also has dog mode, which helps protect your dog in the vehicle in a climate-controlled environment and camp mode if you like to sleep and camp in your Model Y, your Model 3, or your Tesla Model S or Model X.

One of the most useful features, in my opinion, is a dashcam recorder that allows you to record camera angles all around your vehicle, so in the case of an accident, you can prove who is really at fault. The Tesla Model Y also comes with many more standard features included.

Tech & Features

FeaturersXC40Model Y
Power Lift GateIncludedIncluded
Autopilot/Driver AssistOpt/InclIncluded
Heated SEats (Frnt/Rear)OptionalIncluded
Liquid Cooled BatteryIncludedIncluded
Wireless Phone ChargingOptionalIncluded
Panoramic Glass RoofOptionalIncluded
GPS Navigation/Phone AppIncludedIncluded
Over The Air UpdatesIncludedIncluded

The XC40 does include a power liftgate as standard, but you have to pay extra if you want what they call pilot-assist, which is very similar to Tesla’s autopilot included in the base price of the Model Y.

However, the XC40 includes many of the safety assist features as standard, and it is capable, like the Model Y of over-the-air software updates.

So when it comes to technology and features, Tesla wins here because they have many more features built into their vehicles, and a lot more of these come standard without any extra cost.

Passenger & Cargo Space

As you can see from this chart, in most every exterior dimension, the Model Y is larger than the XC40. Because of this, the Tesla Model Y also has more interior space when it comes to headroom and legroom.

Interior

XC40 RechargeModel YY vs XC40
Headroom Front37.6 in41 In+3.4 in
Headroom Rear38.3 in39.4 in+1.1 in
Leg Room Front40.0 in41.8 in+0.9 in
Leg Room Rear 36.1 in40.5 in+4.4 in

Exterior

XC40 RechargeModel YY vs XC40
Length174.2 in187 In+12.8 in
Width (w/Mirrors)73.7 in83.8 in+10.1 in
Height65 in63.9 in-1.1 in
Wheelbase 106.4 in113.8 in+7.4 in
Ground Clearance6.9 in6.6 in-0.3 in

When you compare each of these manufacturers’ official tow rating, the Model Y can tow quite a bit more weight than the Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Towing

ModelMax Towing WEight
Model Y LR AWD3,500 lbs (1,600kg)
Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD2,000 lbs (900kg)

The Volvo XC40 Recharge does have a front trunk space, but even with that included, the total enclosed cargo space with the back seats folded down is somewhere around 48.5 cubic feet, whereas the Tesla Model Y has almost 20 feet more cubic storage space.

So when it comes to passenger room, cargo and towing Tesla gets the clear win.

Performance

Although the XC40 slightly beats out the long-range all-wheel-drive Model Y when it comes to speed from zero to 100 kilometers per hour. When it comes to top speed and its comparison to the Tesla Model Y performance, the Model Y performance is faster.

Top Speed0-100 KPH
Model Y LR AWD135 MPH5.1 sec
Model Y Performance155 MPH3.7 Sec
XC40 Recharge P8 AWD112 MPH4.9 sec

Efficiency

If you look at the rated efficiency from the EPA for the Model Y, and you calculate the miles that you can travel per kilowatt-hour of battery, you can see that the Model Y is very efficient.

Battery SizeBattery UsableEPA RangeMi/kWh
Model Y LR AWD74 kWh72.5 kWh316 mi4.36 mi
Model Y Performance74 kWh72.5 kWh291 mi4.01 mi
XC40 Recharge P8 AWD78 kWh75 kWh>200 mi<2.66 mi

The XC40 Recharge has a 78-kilowatt-hour battery pack, and according to Volvo, 75-kilowatt hours of that are usable. They estimate that the EPA range of that vehicle will be somewhere over 200 miles.

Suppose you use Volvo’s official EPA estimates and calculate the miles that you can travel per kilowatt hour of battery capacity. In that case, you see that according to this rating, the XC40 Recharge does not look very efficient.

However, to get a more accurate picture, we’re going to look at the real world efficiency estimates for these vehicles.

According to a better route planner.com which calculates the watt-hours per mile for each of these vehicles at 65 miles per hour, the Model Y actual range on the highway should be closer to around 247 miles, or 398 kilometers.

In comparison, the Volvo XC40 Recharge should reach somewhere around 225 miles or 362 kilometers based on this same site.

The evdatabase.org is another respected site that estimates the real range for each of these vehicles, and you can see that they estimate the Model Y long-range all-wheel-drive variant to around Two hundred sixty miles of real-world range and the Volvo XC40 at around 230 miles of real-world range.

When you look at the miles per kilowatt-hour comparisons with these more real-world examples, you can see that the efficiency numbers are closer than it first appeared.

Real-World Efficiency

ModelABRP 65 MPHEV-DB RealABRP Mi/kWhEV-DB Mi/kWh
Model Y LR AWD247 mi (397 km)260 mi (425 km)3.41 mi3.59 mi
Volvo XC40225 mi (362 km)230 mi (375 km)3.00 mi3.07 mi

However, the Tesla Model Y is still the leader in range and efficiency, although the Volvo is more efficient. It might appear at first glance, and it still does not beat the Model Y.

Charging And Infrastructure

According to the EV database, the Tesla Model Y can charge from a 10% state of charge to 80% state of charge in around 22 minutes.

If you calculate how many miles of range you’re adding per minute, using the EV database real-world range as our range estimate, you can see that the Tesla Model Y can charge at around 8.27 real-world miles per minute charging.

According to Volvo, the XC40 should go from a 10% state of charge to an 80% state of charge in around 40 minutes. With its max charge rate of up to 150 kilowatts.

Once again, using the EV database real-world range estimates, we still see that the XC40 is about half as fast as the Model Y when it comes to miles added per minute when it comes to charging speed.

Charging Network

The Tesla Model Y also has access to its supercharging network that is far superior to any other network worldwide. Electrify America in the united states and Ionity in Europe does offer a lot of good fast-charging stations. Still, they have nowhere near the number of locations that Tesla has.

On top of that, Tesla also has access to all other charging networks, so when it comes to driving a Tesla, not only does it charge faster, but it also has access to more charging points.

When it comes to charging speed and charging infrastructure, Tesla also wins once again.

Warranty

When it comes to the Model Y long-range or performance variant, Tesla gives an eight-year or 120,000-mile battery warranty. Volvo guarantees their battery in the XC40 Recharge for eight years or 100,000 miles. Unless you’re in California, then you get a 10-year 150,000-mile warranty.

Tesla’s powertrain warranty is also eight years or 120,000 miles, and their comprehensive warranty is four years or 50,000 miles.

When it comes to the powertrain warranty for the XC40 Recharge, it has a four year 50,000-mile powertrain warranty equal to the comprehensive warranty so that the Tesla Model Y warranty is better.

BatteryPowertrainComprehensive
Model Y LR/P8 yrs 120k mi8 yr 120k mi4 yr 50k mi
CX40 Recharger8 yr 100k mi*4 yr 50k mi*4 yr 50k mi
In California battery is 10 yrs 150k mi XC40 powertrain warranty of hybrid version.

When it comes to warranty, Tesla does have a slightly better warranty than Volvo, especially in the powertrain.

Resale Value

According to a recent inside EV’s article, the Tesla Model 3 three-year depreciation number was calculated at around 10%, with the EV industry average around 52% depreciation.

Inside EV’s cited the data from icars.com, and here on this chart, you can see that the Tesla Model 3 has the very lowest depreciation percentage of any other electric vehicle.

When it comes to that same ic cars.com study, you can see that they estimate that Volvo as a brand, on average, their vehicles will depreciate in three years somewhere around 50 percent.

Although we don’t have the official depreciation data for the Model Y, we have an excellent history already for the Model 3, which has one of the lowest depreciation percentages of any vehicle on the market.

Because of this, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that the Model Y will depreciate quite a bit less than the Volvo XC40 Recharge, so for this category, we’re giving Tesla the win once again.

In our test, Tesla got seven, and Volvo got zero. Just because Tesla won each of these categories, it doesn’t mean that the XC40 Recharge is a lousy vehicle.

In Conclusion

I like the value XC40 Recharge it’s good looking on the inside, I love the Volvo style, and it’s more efficient than it might appear.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, although Tesla got a clean sweep for each of our seven categories, Tesla has a huge weak spot that could be their Achilles heel.

Currently, Tesla is struggling with many fits and finish issues, especially when it comes to its newest vehicle, the Model Y.

Tesla is still working out the production processes for the Model Y. Because of this, there are numerous paint issues and panel gaps and a few small interior issues that have been showing up quite often.

As a general rule, Tesla has been very quick to fix these issues; it can be very frustrating as a brand new owner of a vehicle to fix issues already.

As we’ve shown the Volvo XC40 will not be able to beat Tesla on software, technology, nor hardware, but when it comes to fit and finish quality and potential customer service, the Volvo XC40 will most likely be better.

I believe Tesla can get away with some of these fit and finish issues because their cars are stuffed with technology, and because they have so many features and because they are fun to drive.

As more EV competitors hit the market and more good EV options are available, Tesla will have to make sure that it’s fit and finish issues are better or potentially lose their place as the market leader.

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