2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge Vs. Tesla Model 3: In-Depth Comparison

Compare Volvo XC40 Recharge to Tesla Model 3

If you've been thinking about upgrading your current ride to an all-electric vehicle, it's likely that the Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3 comparison has already crossed your mind since these are fan-favorite options. However, despite their shared driving purpose – to stop you from being subject to fluctuating gas prices ever again and help protect the environment – they also have a lot of differences. For starters, the Volvo XC40 Recharge is a compact SUV, while the Tesla Model 3 is a sedan. Here’s a closer look at each vehicle to help inform your decision.

Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3 Dimensions & Cargo Space

To begin the Tesla Model 3 vs. Volvo XC40 Recharge comparison, we'll compare the exterior dimensions. The Tesla Model 3 is a long and stout vehicle. It is actually longer than the Volvo XC40 Recharge (184.8 inches vs. 174.8 inches), but it is much shorter in height (56.8 inches vs. 65 inches). This is partly because the Volvo XC40 offers more ground clearance. With up to 8.3 inches, it will help you avoid obstacles and deal with uneven terrain better than the 5.5 inches provided by the Tesla Model 3.

This difference also results in more headroom for rear-seat passengers of the Volvo XC40 Recharge, who will also get more legroom in the SUV.

Another subject in the Volvo automaker's favor is cargo capacity. While the 16 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row is very usable, it is, more importantly, very flexible, too. If you fold the rear seats down, you can increase your storage potential to 57.5 cubic feet. The Tesla Model 3 has a traditional trunk measuring 19.8 cubic feet, plus a small front trunk that can hold up to 3.1 cubic feet of items, for a maximum total of 22.9 cubic feet.

Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3 Specs & Performance

The Volvo XC40 comes with dual electric permanent-magnet synchronous front and rear motors, an automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. It makes up to 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. Not only is this an incredible burst of power, but this SUV can also book it with a maximum speed of 112 mph, which is more than enough for your needs unless you plan to hit the racetrack.

Perhaps more practically, you'll appreciate the ability to tow an ATV or small utility trailer along with you, thanks to this SUV's 2,000-pound towing capacity when properly equipped.

When you opt for the standard powertrain option of the Tesla Model 3, you'll get 271 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque with rear-wheel drive. It can get up to 162 mph, which is impressive, but it is not currently rated to tow in the United States.

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge


2022 Tesla Model 3
$53,5503 Starting MSRP NA
402 hp @ 0 rpm Engine Power -
486 lb-ft @ 0 rpm Engine Torque -
All-wheel drive Drivetrain Rear wheel drive
1-speed direct drive Transmission 1-speed direct drive
92 / 79 / 85 MPGe2 MPG (city/hwy/combined) 138 / 126 / 132 MPGe1
5 Seating Capacity 5
4,679 lb. Curb Weight 3,880 lb.
65.0 in. Height 56.8 in.
174.8 in. Length 184.8 in.
106.4 in. Wheelbase 113.2 in.
25.0 cu. ft. Cargo Space 22.9 cu. ft.
New Volvo XC40 Recharge
Used Tesla Model 3

Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3 Battery, Charging, & Range

The Tesla Model 3 undoubtedly has an impressive range. It can go for up to 272 miles on a single charge if you choose the RWD model.1 By contrast, the Volvo XC40 Recharge has a pure electric range of 223 miles,2 so you will have to stop at public charging stations a little more frequently if you plan on traveling cross-country.

However, this difference is less significant than it might first appear since most of the time, you will be driving a lot less than that in a day or even a week, giving you an easy opportunity to charge your Volvo XC40 Recharge at night.

Therefore, both EVs give you impressive freedom from the gas station with minimal inconvenience to your life. It is likely you will only notice the difference on particularly long trips when you might have to stop to use a fast-charging station sooner. Then again, you might prefer the spaciousness of an SUV in that situation regardless, plus the chance to stretch your legs at the pit stop.

Using your home wallbox, your Volvo XC40 Recharge will usually take about seven to eight hours to go from 10% to 90%. When you're on the road, you can use a fast-charging public station to go from 10% to 80% in about 37 minutes. This can be the perfect opportunity to take a road trip break and use the restroom or grab a snack.

You may be wondering why these charging times aren't discussing the time it takes to get to 100%. Most EV automakers use similar methods for describing charging lengths since keeping your electric vehicle fully charged can impede its battery's long-term health. To learn more about these metrics or how to charge a Volvo EV, reach out to our dealership.


Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3 Styling

The differences between these two vehicles are very apparent from the outside. While they are both sleek, the Volvo XC40 Recharge has a boxier shape that is common with an SUV, while the Tesla Model 3 is more curved and aggressive-looking.

They both can let you luxuriate in natural light, as the Volvo XC40 Recharge can come with a panoramic moonroof with a power sunshade, while the Tesla Model 3 has a beautiful glass roof.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge has eight exterior color options available to you:

  • Crystal White
  • Black Stone
  • Onyx Black
  • Thunder Grey
  • Sage Green
  • Fjord Blue
  • Silver Dawn
  • Bright Dusk

By contrast, the Tesla Model 3 has five color choices: Pearl White, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Solid Black, and Red Multi-Coat.

Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3 Interior

Both vehicles embrace clean lines and simple elegance inside their cabins. To keep with their themes of environmental friendliness, they don't have leather upholstery. Rather, the Volvo XC40 has a tailored wool blend, while the Tesla Model 3 comes with a leatherette alternative. Both can feature benefits like heated seats, illuminated mirrors, large instrument panels, and premium audio systems.

Which one you prefer can come down to what features are important to you. For example, you might be especially drawn to the heat pump setup on the Volvo XC40 Recharge, which heats or cools your vehicle by pulling thermal energy from the air instead of utilizing a radiator system for better efficiency. The power liftgate can also be especially useful for loading or unloading.

Alternatively, you may enjoy the Tesla Model 3 navigation system, which automatically adjusts your route based on real-time traffic conditions.

To learn more about the Volvo XC40 SUV's features to compare to those found in a Tesla Model 3, you can read our webpage detailing everything on the Volvo XC40 Recharge or contact the team at our dealership today.

Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3 Price

When comparing the 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge vs. Tesla Model 3, price is likely to be one of the biggest factors on your mind. It can, however, be a tricky question to answer, as each model has different trim options you can choose from, not to mention packages and accessories that can be added. That being said, the highest-level trim of the 2023 Volvo XC40 has an MSRP of $59,500.3 By contrast, the 2023 Tesla Model 3 Performance option is thousands more than that. Another variant, the 2023 Tesla Model 3 Long Range, is to be released later in the 2023 model year, and it will likely be even more expensive.

Tour & Test-Drive the Volvo XC40 Recharge at Our Dealership

We genuinely love the Volvo XC40 Recharge for sale, and we think that, given the chance to see it for yourself, you will, too. Stop by our dealership to touch the premium materials, feel the smooth handling, experience the quiet cabin and Harman Kardon® audio system, and utilize the advanced driver-assistance features for yourself.

Our team will be happy to answer any questions you have, including how it stacks up against other EVs like the Tesla Model 3. We can also help you list and understand the reasons you might prefer to lease a Volvo XC40 electric vehicle.

If you decide you need something different, like a larger SUV, we can explore your options there as well. For example, you can compare the Lincoln Aviator to the Volvo XC90 if you’re interested in a three-row machine. Let us get you started on the road to your dreams starting today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which has more electric range: Volvo XC40 Recharge or Tesla Model 3?

The Tesla Model 3 with RWD has a 272-mile range,1 which exceeds the 223-mile pure-electric range2 offered by the Volvo XC40 Recharge, but not by much. This difference may be felt on long road trips, but since you will easily be able to run all your local errands and just recharge either vehicle at night, it shouldn't affect your day-to-day routine much either way.

Which has more luxury features: Volvo XC40 Recharge or Tesla Model 3?

Both of these cars are luxury vehicles that can have heated seats, large infotainment displays, and premium audio systems. Therefore, the answer to this question depends on what features you’re personally interested in and how you define the concept of luxury. For example, giving your rear-seat passengers more legroom and headroom, like on the Volvo XC40 Recharge, can be seen as a luxury in and of itself.

Which charges quicker: Volvo XC40 Recharge or Tesla Model 3?

In general, a Tesla Wall Connector can help you charge your Tesla Model 3 at a speed of 44 miles (of range) per hour. This amounts to approximately six hours. However, it's typically not good to let your EV charge to 100% too often. A Volvo XC40 Recharge can get from 10% to 90% charge with its home wallbox in seven to eight hours, meaning it should be at perfect levels by the time you wake up in the morning.

Which has more cargo space: Volvo XC40 Recharge or Tesla Model 3?

The Volvo XC40 Recharge has a larger maximum cargo capacity of 57.5 cubic feet. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model 3 offers a total of 22.9 cubic feet of storage. It also has a more traditional trunk than the Volvo XC40 Recharge, making it harder to load and unload unusually shaped items in general. By contrast, the available power liftgate and design of the Volvo XC40 SUV help ease this process.

Which one should I buy: Volvo XC40 Recharge or Tesla Model 3?

Ultimately, this answer is up to your personal preferences. If you want a sleek, low-riding sedan, a Tesla Model 3 might suit your needs best. If you're interested in a family-friendly SUV that comes with luxurious amenities, advanced technology, comfortable interiors, a lot of cargo space, and towing potential, the Volvo XC40 Recharge is the way to go.

1Estimates only. For more information, please visit the official U.S. government source for all fuel economy at www.fueleconomy.gov

2Anticipated range is according to WLTP and EPA driving cycles and real-world range may vary.

3All prices shown are the U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") and do not include extra costs, such as, but not limited to, taxes, dealer charges, registration, and transportation. For specific product availability and program information, please visit your local authorized Volvo dealer.

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