Volvo XC40 Recharge Vs. Tesla Model Y

Fully Electric SUVs Are All the Rage These Days

Which will you choose?

Compare the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Tesla Model Y
Design, Performance, Safety, and Technology

By now you've probably heard that Volvo just released their first all-electric SUV,  the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge (and it's available at Leikin Volvo Cars Cleveland). And we're also going to assume that you've heard of the Tesla Model Y, their version of an all-electric SUV, currently on the market.

But how do these mid-sized electric SUVs compare?

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

Starting at $55,085
Qualifies for $7500 Federal Tax Credit*
Rolling Incentives Off MSRP

: 200 mi*
0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds

Passengers: 5
Drivetrain: All Wheel Drive (AWD)
Transmission: 1-Speed Electric Drive Train -inc: shift-by-wire
Horsepower: 402 HP
Torque: 486lb-ft
Towing Capacity (pounds): 2000

Battery: Lithium Ion Traction Battery w/11 kW Onboard Charger, 8 Hrs Charge Time @ 220/240V and 78 kWh Capacity

Wheelbase (inches): 106
Length (inches): 174.2
Height (inches): 65
Cargo Capacity (cubic feet): 57.5

  • 4 Basic Years / 50,000 Basic Miles
  • 4 Drivetrain Years / 50,000 Drivetrain Miles
  • 12 Corrosion Years / Unlimited Corrosion Miles
  • 4 Roadside Assistance Years / Unlimited Roadside Assistance Miles
  • 3 Maintenance Years / 36,000 Maintenance Miles

2021 Tesla Model Y

Starting at $43,190
Does not qualify for $7500 Federal Tax Credit*
No Incentives Off MSRP

Range: 244 mi (EPA est.)
0-60 mph: 4.8 seconds

Passengers: 5
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) Standard - Higher Trim AWD available
Transmission: 1-Speed Automatic
Horsepower: 384 HP
Torque: 375lb-ft 
Max Towing Capacity (pounds): N/A

Battery: Lithium Ion Traction Battery w/11.5 kW Onboard Charger, 10 Hrs Charge Time @ 220/240V and 75 kWh Capacity

Wheelbase (inches)
: 113.8
Length (inches): 187
Height (inches): 63.9
Cargo Space/Area Behind Front Row (cubic feet): 68

  • 4 Basic Years / 50,000 Basic Miles
  • 8 Drivetrain Years / 120,000 Drivetrain Miles
  • 12 Corrosion Years / Unlimited Corrosion Miles
  • 4 Roadside Assistance Years / 50,000 Roadside Assistance Miles


Both the Tesla and the Volvo provide their driver with a smooth ride. Both are outfitted with twin electric motors and with similar acceleration and horsepower. The Volvo XC40 Recharge comes standard with all-wheel drive, while if you choose the Tesla, you'll have to opt into a higher trim level for that feature. Similarly, both models have comparable range at the base trim when fully charged, and to gain access to longer range with the Tesla, that comes at extra cost.


As you know, Volvo has a long history of unparalleled commitment to safety, and it has become a staple of the brand. And that is no different when it comes to the XC40 Recharge. This vehicle comes standard with a wide range of driver-assist features to keep you and your family safe.

While both the Volvo and the Tesla come with 360-degree view cameras and features like automated emergency braking and lane-departure assist, the Volvo XC40 Recharge has a longer list of standard safety features, and many in the Tesla are at additional cost. Much of the Tesla Model Y's full self-driving capability features are also at extra cost.


The Volvo XC40 Recharge maintains much of the design you know and love from the Volvo XC40. This XC40 Recharge is designed with a sustainable interior, and the interior carpets are made from recycled plastic. The Volvo and the Tesla both come with excellent storage space and take advantage of the lack of an engine for extra room. The Volvo XC40 Recharge also comes with all the cubby storage you find in the non-electric model, like under-seat bins and large door pockets.

When it comes to exterior design, the Volvo is available in a few more colors than the Tesla, including a lighter shade of silver and a sage green metallic. It has all the curb-appeal of the original XC40.


Both the Volvo and the Tesla offer excellent technology features with touchscreens in the cabin. The Volvo system is a bit more user friendly, as many of the essential functions of the cabin, like climate control and speedometer, are still built into the dashboard. Whereas with the Tesla, almost every function is in the touchscreen, which can be counter-intuitive at first. Both vehicles offer Bluetooth connectivity, wireless charging, and high-quality audio systems.

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*THIS IS NOT BASED ON EPA TESTING. 200-mile combined driving range rating based on EU WLTP testing under controlled conditions for a new vehicle. Your range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors.

* Range is according to WLTP and EPA driving cycles and real-world range may vary. Figures are based on preliminary target. Final vehicle certification pending.

* Fast charging DC up to 150 kW under optimal charging conditions.