Our T5 faces down the electric T8

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If you’re considering the Volvo XC40 T5 for your next car but wish it were more environmentally friendly, you’re in luck. The XC40 P8 Recharge, the all-electric variant found above the gas-powered XC40 T4 and T5 powertrain, should be on your list if your goal is zero-emissions travel. For an excellent deep dive compared to the XC40 T5 and XC40 P8 recharges, check out our comparison test here, which included taking both cars on a road trip from Los Angeles to central California and back.

Recently, another recharge of the XC40 P8 happened in MotorTrend HQ, which gave us a chance to replicate that comparison in microcosm with the T5 in the long run, and spending a few days behind the wheel only cemented what we observed in the previous story. Without giving up the important parts of the full comparison, here are some tips from our short stint at P8.

the design

The visual differences between the T5 and the P8 are minimal. If you see the XC40 in the green Sage shown here, it’s almost certainly a P8 because that color isn’t available on the XC40 T4 or T5. (It wasn’t offered in the base P8 Core either.) The P8 also features a solid body-colored “mesh” panel and unique 19- or 20-inch wheels. Both the base T4 and T5 models have 18-inch wheels.

Driving Experience

We have no complaints when it comes to the racy four-cylinder turbo engine in the XC40 T5. However, the XC40 P8 electric powertrain is more than a blast with its smooth, fast acceleration and instant torque. In our testing, the XC40 P8 sprinted to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, which is 2.0 seconds faster than the XC40 T5. The T5 has a slight advantage when it comes to ride quality, likely because its 19-inch wheels and longer sidewall absorb bumps better than the P8’s 20-inch wheels and lower rubber.

Sensus vs. Google Assistant

Volvo is introducing its new Google-based infotainment system in new or upgraded cars such as the XC40 P8 Recharge. We found the Sensus system in the XC40 T5 to be more than adequate, but after spending a few days in the P8, Google’s system is clearly better. It loads faster, and the voice command system is surprisingly accurate and intuitive. The graphics are better too, including the dashboard where the system uses more screen space for the navigation system.

So should you choose the T5 or the P8? It can depend on a lot of factors like shipping availability, but we hope a thorough comparison between the two can help with that decision.

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