Volvo XC40 Recharge – What Can It Tow?

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The Volvo XC40 Recharge was designed/engineered alongside the Polestar 2, with Polstar being a sub-brand of Volvo. The general idea appears to be Polestar will be aimed at a younger audience, with Volvo remaining focused on generally a more mature customer base. The XC40 Recharge and Polestar 2, therefore, share exactly the same dual motor AWD system and 78kW battery pack. The Polestar 2 can tow, so what about the XC40 Recharge?

Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin has a tow rating of 3,500 lbs, currently: Image – Volvocars.com

Key Volvo XC40 Recharge Specs

  • Official Towing Capacity – 3,500 lbs
  • Availability – Now
  • Price – RWD from $53,000, AWD from $58,000
  • EPA Range – RWD = 293 miles, AWD = 254 miles
  • Estimate Towing Range (50%) – 112 miles
  • Maximum Charge Rate – 150 kW (DC Fast Charger)

Volvo XC40 Recharge HP & Torque

  • RWD with 248 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • AWD with 402 HP and 494 lb-ft of torque

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Volvo XC40 Recharge Towing Capabilities

Please note, that the range/power figures above are for the latest 2024 model year Volvo XC40 models, which are quite a bit more than the original model specs.

So you may have noticed I’ve written under the image of the XC40 Recharge above that the tow rating for the car is ‘3,500 lbs, currently’. I’m going to get into why I wrote that shortly.

However, as of now, all the promotional/marketing materials that Volvo has produced for the XC40 Recharge state that the car can tow 1,500 kg, and the US model has been spec’d as 3,500 lbs.

First off, check out the walkaround video below for the XC40 Recharge that Volvo released in May 2020. This walkaround does give a good overview of the car with a very minimalist Scandinavian presentation as you might expect.

It’s clear that Volvo does want to emphasize the towing capabilities of the XC40 Recharge as they get right in there with towing at the 3-minute mark before they even discuss most of the key features of the car!

Early on at the 3-minute mark, the 1,500 kg (3,500 lb) towing capacity of the XC40 Recharge is referenced

So Volvo clearly wanted to put an emphasis on the utility/functionality of their fully-electric compact SUV, referencing towing capabilities so early on in the presentation.

They clearly want to market the car to those who might be considering an alternative fully-electric compact SUV’s which can tow, such as the Tesla Model Y.

Volvo has ‘doubled down’ on the towing capabilities of the XC40 Recharge with a separate short promotional video titled ‘Can You Tow With An Electric Car’.

Volvo again emphasizes the towing capabilities of the XC40 Recharge at 1,500 kg (3,300 lb)

In the promotional video above, we get a further look at the neatly designed retractable tow hitch, which I do really like. More importantly though, we get further reassurance that the XC40 Recharge can tow 1,500 kg.

Therefore, you are probably wondering where I’m going with this. Why may that towing figure potentially change/drop?

Is it because I think the XC40 Recharge is not technically capable of towing a trailer of that weight? Far from it, the XC40 Recharge has even more torque than a Tesla Model Y Performance! So what’s the problem?

Well, If you check out my Polestar 2 post, hence the car with which this car shares the same electric platform (motors/battery), the official tow rating dropped from 3,300 lbs to 2,000 lbs.

Therefore, I wouldn’t be surprised if Volvo does the same with the official tow rating of XC40 Recharge. Why? Potentially due to the impact on range.

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

Below I’ve included a short review of the Volvo XC40 Recharge by Kelley Blue Book.

As they show, the XC40 recharge is not wanting for power/performance, and the XC40 base vehicle is an excellent all-around car. However, it struggled with the range to price point ratio.

Kelley Blue Book review of the Volvo XC40 Recharge

2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

Just like the 2024 Polestar 2, the 2024 version of the Volvo XC40 has seen notable improvements to its range and efficiency. There is now also a cheaper RWD version on offer with the most range.

AutoTrader Canada’s review of the 2024 version of the Volvo XC40 Recharge

My Thoughts On The Volvo XC40 Recharge…

I think the original 2021 version of the Volvo XC40 Recharge was poor value for its price point and range. However, as an electric car in general, it was based on a solid foundation.

Now that Volvo has improved the efficiency of the XC40 Recharge and they offer an RWD version with a respectable 320 miles of range, I think its a much more compelling package.


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