Volvo C40 Recharge review
The Volvo C40 Recharge is effectively the coupe version of the popular Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV. It looks great, but that sloping roofline might well affect practicality
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This is the new Volvo C40 Recharge. It’s an all-electric family SUV that majors on style appeal, and which goes up against alternatives such as the Audi Q4 e-Tron Sportback, and the Skoda Enyaq Coupe.
Essentially, it’s the same car underneath as the XC40 Recharge – a car that we think is really rather good.
But where you might view the boxier SUV as being akin to the sensible, grown-up older brother, the C40 Recharge is more like the trendier, edgier younger sibling.
Just look at that sloping, coupe-style roofline – it almost makes it look like it’s wearing a turned-around baseball cap.
There are a handful of other new sporty details dotted around the place, too. The C40 Recharge gets some sportier side-skirts and bumpers, and there’s also a small bootlid spoiler round the back.
Up front you get the same closed-off front grille that marks the XC40 Recharge out as an electric car; while the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights, whose main beams now feature ultra-bright Pixel LED technology, make a classy appearance too.
It’s a very good looking car, this, and that abundant style appeal is set to continue on the inside too.
All C40s are due to get a fully vegan interior as standard (say goodbye to leather, folks), while Volvo’s latest Android-based infotainment system will also make an appearance. This comes with Google Maps built-in, and supports over-the-air software updates.
The twin-motor version will be extremely fast, but it’s likely Volvo will release a single motor version further down the line. This will be cheaper, and have a greater range - so it’s the one I’d go for.
We’ve yet to drive the C40 Recharge, but being a Volvo it should offer plenty of comfort up front and a good level of adjustability in terms of driving position.
If we did have one concern, it’d be that the sloping roofline might eat into rear passenger space, which wouldn’t be ideal if you were planning on regularly travelling with taller adults sat in the back.
With a more steeply sloped rear window, the view out the back might not be quite as good as it is on the regular XC40 Recharge, either. Being a Volvo, however, there will be a range of parking cameras and sensors available to help keep you from accidentally bumping bumpers in a busy car park.
Also, because the C40 Recharge is based on the same platform as petrol-powered versions of the XC40, there is a rather large transmission hump that runs down the middle of the floor. This will probably make squeezing into the middle chair tricky for anyone other than small children.
Boot space comes in at 413 litres, which is the same as what you get on the regular electric XC40. It’s a hatchback opening too, so loading bulkier items will be just as easy – you’ll just have to be a bit more mindful of the sloping roofline. You wouldn’t want to risk slamming that down on a hard edge and potentially shattering the rear window…
And as for battery and motor options? Well, to begin with you’ll have just one variant to choose from. It’ll come with a 75kWh battery with a claimed range of up to 260 miles, and two electric motors for a combined output of 402hp.
This same set-up is available in the electric XC40, and while it’s seriously quick you won’t see that claimed range figure out in the real world. You can probably expect to see closer to 210 miles, which is what we saw in the XC40.
Plugged into a 7kW home wallbox, you’ll be able to replenish the C40’s battery overnight. Track down a 150kW DC rapid charger, and it’ll be topped up from 10% to 80% in around 30 minutes.
At the moment, you can’t buy a C40 Recharge outright, but you can get one on a subscription with prices starting from £729 per month.
We haven’t driven the new C40 Recharge just yet, but as soon as we do we’ll report back. In the meantime, check out our Volvo C40 Recharge deals page to see how much you can save on a brand new car.