2021 Volvo XC40: T5 AWD vs Recharge PHEV - What does the extra RM 10k get you?

Eric · Feb 26, 2021 10:00 AM

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Earlier today, Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) launched the 2021 Volvo XC40 T5 Recharge, essentially a plug-in hybrid version of the regular XC40 T5 AWD.

In terms of pricing, the new model is roughly RM 10k more than the non-hybrid version, coming in at RM 241,997. The regular XC40 T5 AWD is priced from RM 231,651. Both prices are inclusive of the Government's Penjana sales tax incentive and are valid till 30-June 2021. 

Prices
Model Price (RM)
XC40 T5 AWD 231,651
XC40 T5 Recharge 241,997

So, what does the extra RM 10k get you?

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The XC40 T5 Recharge gets a smaller 1.5-litre engine

In short, the difference in the price you pay gets you a completely different powertrain. Out goes the turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (252 PS, 350 Nm), replaced by a petrol-electric powertrain that consists of a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine working in conjunction with an electric motor.

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Power output
Model Power (PS) Torque (Nm)
XC40 T5 AWD 252 350
XC40 T5 Recharge 262 (combined) 425 (combined)

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The eight-speed torque converter automatic has also been replaced by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, which houses the electric motor.

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It is also worth mentioning that the Recharge version of the XC40 T5 is a front-wheel drive, different from Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine models that are all-wheel drive. This is because the XC40's CMA platform cannot do electric AWD like the SPA-based T8 models, like the S60, S90, XC60, and XC90.

Also Read: In Brief: Volvo XC40, this is how all family cars should be

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UK-market XC40 Recharge shown

The Recharge version of the Volvo XC40 T5 does a combined system output of 262 PS and 425 Nm, a healthy bump over the T5 AWD’s figures.

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The 10.7 kWh battery allows for an electric range of up to 44 km. A full charge takes five hours when used with the on-board AC charger. That said, the time required to fully charge the XC40 T5 Recharge is shortened to three hours if the car is charged using a 3.7 kW charging station.

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The plug-in hybrid version of the Volvo XC40 T5 also sips less fuel than the T5 AWD variant. Volvo claims that the XC40 T5 Recharge sips 2.2-litre/100 km, while the regular T5 AWD does 7.7-litre/100 km. 

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Volvo XC40 T5 AWD pictured. The PHEV version of the XC40 T5 doesn't get a wastebin in front of the arm rest

Apart from the powertrain differences, the XC40 T5 Recharge also gets a model-specific Recharge side sill plate and charge port. At the same time, it loses out on the foldable load floor with grocery bag holder and waste bin in front of arm rest.

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Volvo XC40 T5 AWD pictured. The PHEV version of the XC40 T5 loses out on the foldable load floor with grocery bag holder seen here

While other countries have phased out non-hybrid version of the XC40 T5, it is left to be seen if same will happen in Malaysia. At the moment, the answer from VCM is a no. They will continue to sell both versions of the XC40 in Malaysia concurrently.

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Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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