I’m an electric vehicle enthusiast. Today some website advertised Volvo all-electric vehicles, and I thought I would compare their XC40 Recharge offering with a Tesla Model Y. Both are hatchbacks. I want to see how they stack up.
Tesla no longer offers a single-motor Model Y and Volvo’s single-motor version of the XC40 Recharge starts with the 2024 model year. So we’re comparing dual motor versions for both.
The Bottom Line
When one thinks of an electric vehicle, the two things that seem to come up first are price and range. According to this Volvo company page, the XC40 Recharge has a starting MSRP of $53,550 (in another place it’s $54,645) and an EPA range of 223 miles. Just for fun, I clicked on their inventory link and found that the nearest Volvo dealer didn’t have any in stock, but one in Midlothian, Virginia, did (and that’s fairly close to where my nearest Tesla store is) and they had the Core model for $56,440. The Volvo comes in 3 trim levels: Core ($54,645), Plus ($57,345) and Ultimate ($60,595). The upper trim levels offer various features like a moon roof, 360° camera, adaptive cruise control and a premium audio system.
A Tesla Model Y starts at $47,740. I don’t use the term MSRP because Teslas don’t have suggested prices; they have prices. You order the car online and that’s what it costs. One can sometimes get a little off on what Tesla calls an “inventory car,” but there are not many of those; most Teslas are shipped directly to the customer delivery point from the factory. Teslas have an added advantage this year because they qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Volvo cars don’t because they are foreign made, so the Tesla this year in the USA is considerably less expensive. EPA range for the Model Y is 279 miles. (There is a Long Range variant of the Model Y with 330 miles of range for $2750 more.)
Performance? Volvo gives the 0-60 time of a brisk 4.7 seconds. Tesla is a little slower at 5.0 (the Long Range variant is 4.8). Volvo doesn’t give a top speed on its Learn More page; the Tesla’s is 135 mph. I have read that Volo in general limits all its cars to a top speed of 112 mph because of safety concerns.
Both cars have a central touch screen for controls. Here are photos:
I suppose one notices immediately that the Tesla screen is bigger (15″) and the overall layout of the controls much simpler. Which one prefers is a matter of taste.
Now for the tedious part, the specifications in tabular form
|Volvo XC-40||Tesla Model Y|
|Range||223 miles||279 miles|
|Seating||5||5 (optional 7)|
|Space behind rear|
|16 cu. ft.||30.2 cu. ft.|
|Space behind rear front|
seats, rear seats folded
|57.5 cu. ft.||72.1 cu. ft.|
|Front Trunk||Unspecified||4.1 cu. ft.|
|LED matrix headlights||Yes||Yes|
|Adaptive Cruise Control||Not in base model||Yes|
|360° parking view||Not in base model||Partial|
|Power lift gate||Yes||Yes|
|Fog lights||Not in base model||Yes|
|Alarm||Yes||Yes + video|
|HomeLink||Not in base model||$350|
|Tire repair kit||Yes||$70|
|Home charging cable||Yes||$230|
|Apple Car Play||Yes||Functions built in|
|Google Play Store apps||Yes||Functions built in|
|Autosteer||No (warning only)||Yes|
Volvo XC40: Meh.
Tesla Model Y: Bought the Long Range one.