- So What Exactly Have They Achieved?
- But how does it Handle the Twisties?
- Striking Futuristic Looks
- What’s Inside?
- Are There Any Drawbacks?
The self-proclaimed die-hard petrolhead will always have the same anti-EV rhetoric. That these e-cars require a lot of time to charge, they’d never have sufficient range to do practical daily duties.
And for the most part, these allegations were true. This becomes apparent once you take a good look at the EVs that were made available for sale throughout the mid-to-late 2010s. Notice I said ‘were’, because it’s 2022 and the Swedes would beg to differ.
So What Exactly Have They Achieved?
Before we delve deeper into what they have pulled off mechanically, let’s first address the elephant in the room. Yes, the C40 Recharge evokes a sense of déjà vu because it essentially is a coupe-ifed version of the XC40 Recharge.
They were very modest about the efficiency ratings too. Officially, the car should do 21 kWh/100 km, though in reality I actually managed to average a better-than-claimed 18 kWh/100 km. Which is probably why the car convincingly managed close to its WLTP range without the need to hypermile.
But how does it Handle the Twisties?
It is no sports car, but that doesn’t mean the car is ungainly through the twisty stuff. Mass management is actually fairly decent, and it is well damped enough that only the most severe bumps are transmitted through into the cabin.
Striking Futuristic Looks
The car doesn’t make any attempts to conceal its heritage – and realistically it doesn’t need to. Volvo’s design language works really well, the minimalist Nordic ethos complimenting an EV’s requirement to not have a large grille. The Thor Hammer LED DRLs sit proudly on the front fascia, with an angular lower section to the bumper completing the look.
Some large alloy wheels complete the thoroughly modern aesthetics of the vehicle.
Subtly is the name of the game here. Quality is excellent all round, with all the materials and parts feeling properly solid and well screwed together. The trim panels on the dashboard contain a topological map of iconic mountain ranges in Sweden, and they glow in different intensities in the dark too.
The roofline also only significantly slopes past the C Pillar, which means headroom is not majorly impacted in the coupe-ification of the car. Space all round is good, and the glass roof allows plenty of light to flood the cabin, creating an elevated space perception experience.
Are There Any Drawbacks?
Usually, this is the part of the review where I’d talk about some caveats to the experience of a specific car. Without nitpicking, I’m legitimately struggling to find pointers that really bugged me throughout my test drive.
The only major factor that may sway your decision to buy another SUV is perhaps that the sloping roofline does compromise on the volume of the boot area. Unlike most of its petrol-powered rivals however, you’d be able to find additional space to stow your items away in the frunk anyways. So even that is a non-issue.
|Volvo C40 Recharge Specifications|
|Price: $305,000||VES Band: A1|
| Motor:Permanent Magnet
|Power:402 bhp, 660 Nm|
| Driven Wheels:
| Top Speed:
| Battery Capacity:
|Dimensions: 4,440 mm x 1,873 mm x 1,596 mm|| Wheelbase:
| Cargo Capacity:
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