Volvo XC40 Recharge Vs. Tesla Model 3 Comparison


It's a natural battle; pitting the Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3 only makes sense. Why? Both are competitive and practical all-electric vehicles, representing the top electric virtues of both brands at an attractive price. Tesla may have set the all-electric pace, but many brands, including Volvo Cars, are catching up. What that means is rather interesting.

They're showing what can be done when you translate your pedigree over to the world of electric vehicles. More luxury, more practicality, and more style are just a few of the results from Volvo Cars. So, let's see how the Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3 comparison plays out.

Tesla Model 3 vs. Volvo XC40 Recharge: Electric Specs

We start with what's on every all-electric vehicle buyer's mind: range. Naturally, the inability to refill range in a matter of minutes is a concern, but when it comes to an all-electric Volvo XC40 vs. Tesla Model 3 comparison, both will put those fears to rest. Starting with the Volvo XC40 Recharge, you get a 75 kWh battery and dual-motors offering an EPA-estimated 223 miles of pure electric range1 and 402 horsepower in any trim.

For a Model 3, you can choose between three battery packs. A 54 kWh battery and single motor at the base level give it an EPA-estimated 263 miles of range2 and 252 horsepower. The top-trim Model 3 Performance offers an 82 kWh battery with dual motors, along with an EPA-estimated 315 miles of range2 and 480 horsepower.

So, the Model 3 vs. Volvo XC40 Recharge range comparison favors the Model 3. But, a base trim Volvo XC40 Recharge offers standard all-wheel drive and more horsepower than a base trim Model 3. As well, both offer fast-charging capabilities, and the Volvo XC40 Recharge gives you a one-year, 250-kWh complimentary subscription to Electrify America for free charging across the nation — the Model 3 does not.

Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3: Practicality

Simply put, a Volvo XC40 Recharge lease offers compact SUV size, while a Tesla Model 3 offers a sedan layout. It's only natural that the Volvo XC40 Recharge would have more cargo room, and indeed she does. The Model 3 offers up to 22.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity, while the Volvo XC40 Recharge offers up to 57.5 cubic feet.

Pothole-filled commutes are also easier with the higher-ride on a Volvo XC40 Recharge. When it comes to maximum towing capacity, both the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Tesla Model 3 are capable of towing up to 2,000 pounds.3 But, Tesla does not offer any official accessories, like a tow hitch, to use that capacity, while Volvo Cars does.

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge 2021 Tesla Model 3
Estimated range 223 miles1 263 miles2
Towing capacity 3 2,000 pounds 2,000 pounds
Horsepower 402hp 252hp
Wheelbase 106.4 inches 113.2 inches
Length 174.2 inches 184.8 inches
Width 80.1 inches 72.8 inches
Max cargo capacity 57.5 cu. ft. 22.9 cu. ft.
Adaptive cruise control Standard Standard
Lane assist Standard Standard
Parking assist Standard Standard
Blind-spot monitoring Standard Standard
Warranty 4 yr/50,000 mi basic 4 yr/50,000 mi basic
Tax Credit Up to $7,500 $0
Free Charging 250 kW and 1-year complimentary subscription to Electrify America None

Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3: Interior and Features

To be kind, we'll call the interior of a Model 3 "minimalist." Frankly, the focus is the screen — there are no tactile buttons, gauge clusters, or stylish accents to speak of. We'll hand it to Tesla; that screen is impressive. But, a luxurious cabin lined with premium materials and design that has creativity put into it makes the Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Model 3 interior battle clear. In our opinion, the Volvo XC40 Recharge easily takes the win, embracing you with style, luxury, and comfort rather than placing you in a minimal cockpit.

Back to that screen, though, as in the Model 3, it's a 15-inch unit packing immense functionality. It controls every vehicle system and many apps, and you can find several fun easter eggs. Think about this, though; you'll have to navigate several digital menus to adjust your music volume or climate-control settings while driving.

While the 9-inch center touch screen and 12-inch driver display in a new Volvo XC40 Recharge for sale do offer fewer novelty features (like in-car video games), they still do everything you need with Google built-in services, smartphone connectivity, navigation, vehicle system control, info readouts, and more. Plus, she has physical controls for the functions you'll frequently adjust for more intuitive use and fewer distractions on the road.

Even then, if you compare Volvo XC40 Recharge and Tesla Model 3 models, you'll find they match each other's tech in many areas. Both have a 360-degree view camera system, both have semi-autonomous driving capabilities, and both offer functionality for using your phone as a key. Meanwhile, the Volvo XC40 Recharge offers driver-tunable power steering, while the Model 3 does not. This back and forth goes on, like the Model 3 having a glass roof vs. the Volvo XC40 Recharge having a panoramic moonroof, and the Volvo XC40 Recharge offering more seat adjustability.

The gist of it is that both have great cutting-edge tech and many attractive features. But, the Volvo XC40 Recharge interior takes the lead with more intuitive controls and a focus on luxurious design and materials rather than a basic, screen-focused layout.

Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3: Safety

Tesla made waves with Autopilot. Never before could a vehicle offer semi-autonomous driving capabilities. That's not the case today, and the Volvo XC40 Recharge can do it too with standard Adaptive Cruise Control and the Volvo Pilot Assist. But beyond that, safety features across both vehicles are rich and pretty much a tie. Both have standard automated emergency braking. Both have a standard lane-departure warning (and the Volvo XC40 Recharge has a standard lane-keeping assist to boot). Both have earned IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings.

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To recap, the essence of this comparison is that the Tesla Model 3 wins for range and electric specs, while both are pretty much tied for safety and tech. Still, the Volvo XC40 Recharge dominates when it comes to practicality, luxury, and style.

If that sounds like the perfect all-electric focus to you, we'd be thrilled to help you discover a Volvo XC40 Recharge of your own with a tour and test drive. As well, she's getting a sleek sister soon, and you can join in with a Volvo C40 Recharge pure electric reservation today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which has a better range: Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Model 3?

Across all its trims, the Tesla Model 3 offers more range than a Volvo XC40 Recharge. Namely, any trim of Volvo XC40 Recharge will deliver an estimated 223 miles of range.1 Meanwhile, for the Model 3, the base trim delivers an EPA-estimated 262 miles of range.2 The Long Range trim delivers an EPA-estimated 353 miles of range,2 and the Performance trim delivers an EPA-estimated 315 miles of range.2 That said, the Volvo XC40 Recharge beats the Model 3 in many other areas like practicality, luxury, and more.

Which costs more: Tesla Model 3 or Volvo XC40 Recharge?

It depends on which trim you compare and the final configurations. On the base level, a Tesla Model 3 is less expensive than the base trim Volvo XC40 Recharge. The Long Range trim Model 3 and the top trim Model 3 Performance jump in price to bridge the gap between this sedan and the Volvo XC40 Recharge. Although, the top trim Volvo XC40 Recharge Ultimate will have you splurging a little more, and in return, luxury and elegance are yours.

Which is bigger: Model 3 vs. Volvo XC40 Recharge?

The Volvo XC40 Recharge is bigger than the Tesla Model 3 in some dimensions and smaller in others. Namely, the Model 3 wheelbase is 113.2-inches long, and the overall vehicle length is 184.8 inches. On the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the wheelbase length is 106.4 inches, and the overall length is 174.2 inches. Meanwhile, the height and width for a Volvo XC40 Recharge are 65.3 and 80.1 inches, respectively, compared to 56.8 and 62.2 inches, respectively, for a Model 3. As well, the Volvo XC40 Recharge offers up to 57.5 cubic feet of cargo volume, while the Model 3 only gives 15 cubic feet of cargo volume.

1The figures are based on WLTP data obtained under specific testing conditions. The real-life driving range and energy consumption achieved under real conditions varies depending on driving behavior and other external factors.


2Electric range and fuel economy figures based on EPA highway driving estimates. Your results may vary. For more information, please visit the official US government source for all fuel economy at www.fueleconomy.gov

3When properly equipped.

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