It’s taken a temporary time, however Volvo has sooner or later changed the V40 hatchback which went off sale in 2019. Successfully, make of – the ‘C40 Recharge’ is a in fact utterly different automobile to the one it no longer directly succeeds.
As the title implies, it’s totally electric, and likewise the well-known Volvo-branded model to fully eschew internal combustion. It’s also no longer a mature C-section hatchback either, with powerful extra of a crossover vibe, it sounds as if because potentialities shall be after a lofty riding area. We’re very much surprised Volvo didn’t educate the herd and phone this an ‘XC40 Coupe’ or the same.
The extra thing that items it except for the extinct V40? It’s vastly swiftly. The handiest powertrain available from beginning shall be the comparable ‘P8’ dual-motor setup susceptible within the XC40 Recharge, which is valid for a slightly silly 402bhp and 487lb ft of instant torque. Mash your foot on the dash pedal from relaxation, and 62mph will reach in a mere 4.9 seconds. The top straggle meanwhile is limited to 112mph.
The motors are fed by a 75kWh battery pack which is ready to offer a range of 261 miles (WLTP), so long as you’re no longer making an try to make 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds every 5 minutes. The diversity will make stronger over time attributable to over-the-air updates, Volvo says. Charging at the C40’s maximum input of 150kW, it’s likely to juice the battery from empty to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes.
For somebody no longer afflicted about being ready to offer a VW Golf R a lumber for its money away from the website website visitors lights, we suspect there shall be less valuable and thus more cost effective variations filling out the variety at a later date. That’s a valid thing for the reason that anticipated starting designate for the C40 T8 shall be about £50,000.
Within, it’s powerful the comparable because the XC40 Recharge, Google Android-basically basically basically based infotainment map. We spent a while with a the same setup within the associated Polestar 2 and had been left impressed, despite the proven truth that it commits the cardinal sin of ditching the bodily climate buttons and dials for digital controls.
Manufacturing will launch this Autumn at the Ghent, Belgium manufacturing facility at possibility of make the XC40. UK deliveries might per chance furthermore simply no longer launch until early 2022. It’ll be sold completely online.