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Volvo C40 2023: prices up by $1000 on electric Model Y rival


Prices on Volvo’s stylish small electric SUV will soon be given a hike as the Swedish brand looks to counter rising material and logistics costs

Volvo has confirmed that prices on its C40 fully-electric SUV have gone up by $1000 just months after the first deliveries landed in Australia.

Prices for the C40 were first announced on April 12, 2022, at which point orders became open to the public, who were offered either the single-motor variant at $74,990 (plus on-road costs) or the dual-motor guise at $82,490.

Volvo C40 2023 fjord blue driving
Volvo has confirmed prices on its C40 will go up by $1000

With the cost of materials and logistics rising, price increases were seen across the industry, including from rivals BMW and Audi, prompting Volvo Australia to inform customers as of June 2, 2022, that new orders would be subject to a price increase.

Volvo Australia’s director of PR and corporate Greg Bosnich told Chasing Cars the new pricing would be announced on January 1, 2023, and this new figure would be applied to all orders placed on or after June 2 this year. 

“We certainly, together with the whole industry, have faced a number of hurdles and most of those have centred around the cost of raw materials and the logistics of getting the product here,” he said 

“And, in effect, we’ve been very transparent with our retail network, and communicated a number of months ago that any new orders that were to be taken from the second of June (2022) are going to be subject to a price increase.”

Volvo C40 2023 fjord blue front end
The C40 will now start at $75,990 before on-road costs

The first deliveries of the C40 first landed when it was launched locally in October and while it’s not clear how many deliveries have been fulfilled an influx of stock is due this December. 

Chasing Cars understands that dealers are pushing back against applying the increase but customers have been placing orders with the understanding that an increase would be applied. This situation is unlikely to change.

The new pricing means the C40 will now start at $75,990 for the single motor and $83,490 for the dual motor, and will continue to be available in a single grade known as the Recharge.

In comparison, the Tesla Model Y starts at $72,300 before on-road costs, the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 at $81,700 and the BMW iX1 at $82,900, with only the latter available with AWD.

The new pricing sits just above that of the entry-level Model Y

What does the Volvo C40 include?

As standard, the Volvo C40 is available with a 170kW/330Nm single-motor setup connected to a 69kWh battery that provides 434km of range, according to more accurate WLTP testing.

Above it sits the dual-motor option providing 300kW/660Nm of thrust, drawing from a larger 78kWh lithium-ion battery pack that also provides 420km of range. 

Both grades are fitted with a 9.0-inch touchscreen running Google’s Android Automotive software built-in, as well as a power tailgate, 19-inch wheels, a 360-degree camera and heated front and rear seats with power folding rear headrests to give you a better view out the back. 

Standard safety features include forwards and reversing AEB, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert and hill descent control.

Buyers who opt for the dual-motor variant receive larger 20-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree camera, a Harman Kardon sound system and a microtech and textile interior as standard. 

Volvo C40 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • C40 Recharge single motor: $75,990
  • C40 Recharge dual motor: $83,490