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Anyone install an aftermarket 2" Hitch to their XC40 Recharge? The factory one is really expensive.
I have to have the larger, 2" size for my heavy dual electric bike rack.
 

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I installed a Stealth Hitch on ours which I really like. It can be removed when not in use and the car then looks completely stock. I did the install myself which took far longer than the stated time - a combo of a few slight differences from the ICE version of the XC40 and being overly cautious with a brand new vehicle (especially when cutting into the bumper). I did get the full tow combo with active harness which I had programmed at my dealer for about $75. Towing short distances with the car has been a fantastic experience overall, and the receiver adapter also works well with our simple Allen Sports bike rack.

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Yeah, we have the Draw-Tite hitch (aftermarket). Haven't actually used it for anything yet, though since we've only had the car for about two months. Because of the need to remove the entire bumper cover, we opted for a local shop to do it... I had done the same work on our old Bolt, and while it wasn't rocket science, it was way too easy to break tabs on the bumper cover (which I did with a few). I think our entire job was right around $1k and that including the wiring harness. The dealer wanted $1800 and wouldn't budge on price. You're paying a lot for the labor on this job, so if you're willing to do it yourself, I think you can do it all for about $250-300.
 

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We just leased a 2022 XC40 Recharge Ultimate, and will need a 2" hitch to be installed when spring comes, will not be using the hitch for towing, will be used for an E-bike rack. We used U-Haul when we had to install a hitch on our leased Honda CR-V, they did the job in about 30 minutes, price was about $200 for the hitch & labor, been using it for two years without any issue. I just checked U-Haul's website, looks like they have a hitch for the XC-40 ICE, no mention of the Recharge model. Assuming the ICE hitch can be on the Recharge, price for the hitch is ~$140, installation is another ~$140, with taxes the price out the door is ~$300. This looks to be a pretty good deal, assuming the U-Haul hitch can be used on the Recharge.
 

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My brother-in-law and I installed the Draw-Tite this weekend. It wasn't difficult and only cost $168 dollars on Amazon: Amazon.com: Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Class III, 2 in. Receiver, Compatible with Select Volvo XC40: Automotive. Before purchasing, I gave Draw-Tite a call to determine compatibility, while they wouldn't comment on whether it fits a 2022 XC40, they acknowledged that people have installed it on the 2021 Recharge. If you're so inclined, etrailer.com has a number of videos on how to install: 2021 Volvo XC40 Trailer Hitch | etrailer.com. The only surprise during installation was the two styrofoam blocks between the bumper and body. We needed to "trim" these to fit around the hitch. An additional option is U-Haul for $135-ish without installation. From what I can tell, the U-Haul hitch is the same hitch as the Draw-Tite, as both are manufactured by Horizon.
 

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What is the clearance for the factory installed? Maybe higher if it is in the bumper area? (We have a steep driveway and I've had other cars scrape it with 3rd party hitches)
The Factory hitch is 10.5" to the Electrical plug socket and 11" to the hitch itself. The car has a pretty short wheelbase, so even with going up a steep driveway, it should be fine.
 

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Anyone install an aftermarket 2" Hitch to their XC40 Recharge? The factory one is really expensive.
I have to have the larger, 2" size for my heavy dual electric bike rack.
Late to the thread, but we had the DrawTite put on our first XC40 P8 back in September. It was a hitch-specific shop that did the work, and it was spendy at $1200 but cheaper than the dealer. Since then, U-Haul is officially doing XC40s (not officially electric, but as we all know it’s the same car). Have an appointment tomorrow to have it put on our second XC40 P8, and all in with wiring is $475. Drastically less than dealer pricing.

Others have said that you don’t get the software installed when you go aftermarket. I’m not entirely convinced it’s necessary, especially not for $1300 more, but for some folks may bring peace of mind.
 
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I went with the factory installed hitch. We also have two ebikes.
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is the factory hitch the one that is tucked away and "unfolds" when you press a button ? I saw some Volvo video ads for that and it looked like that hitch was a "ball" type, while that thule rack has the square attachment ? How do you fit a round peg into a square hole ?
 

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Has anybody had any success using the OEM hitch wiring and control unit (to ensure volvo's sensors/systems are functioning as expected when towing), but using a drawtite or other third party tow hitch?
 
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