I still can’t quite believe that an SUV goes so fast but it does show how electric cars are closing the gap fast in terms of performance between different body styles. Intentionally silent! Welcome to Volvo XC40 Recharge and it’s a new electric SUV coming to India in the next few months.
Importantly it will be the most readily available luxury electric SUV to buy, since, at the moment, there is not a single EV luxury SUV below one crore. So, with the Volvo XC40 Recharge you get an SUV that will embarrass a sports car at zero emissions. The electric world is definitely an interesting place!
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Volvo XC40 Recharge Review :
The 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge is an eco-friendly SUV with some critical speeds, with a full 402-hp and instant torque delivery of two electric motors. Electric powertrain aside, the XC40 Recharge is as practical and thoughtfully designed as the petrol-powered model, with a spacious cargo area, clever storage cubes and a superior look and feel that cemented it as part of the luxury-EV niche.
There is no doubt that electric cars are fast but the XC40 recharge has some acceleration rate which will make the owners think twice about getting off their feet! In this context, the SUV will rocket from 0-100 km / h in 5 seconds and it will accelerate without any drama. The way the SUV with all-wheel drive grip provides and makes it a really fast car for long journeys.
We took the Volvo XC40 recharge to the beautiful Nimrana Fort to understand how electric cars behave in extreme heat (Delhi is sweltering) and of course explore the real world range.
Volvo is more handsome and offers better build quality than the Tesla Model Y, but its driving range is not as impressive. Many preferred safety and convenience features, including semi-autonomous driving mode, are standard, but we do not sell on Volvo’s new Google-based infotainment interface. Still, we think the Volvo XC40 Recharge is a good choice for most buyers who want to go electrically.
Volvo XC40 Specifications :
|zero to 80% charge||40 minutes|
|0 to 100km||5 seconds|
|Price||Starting ₹ 74.00 Lakh|
Volvo XC40 Design :
What sets it apart from the petrol XC40? Not a whole lot. It is 15 mm long, just below the bumpers; The battery pack means that its ground clearance is slightly less than 175 mm, the grille is hollow and there is a charging port in the position of the fuel filler cap. The wheel as a differentiator is 18 to 19 inches high, the boot is 460 to 419 liters down, and the extra wheel also sits on the boot; But you will now find a 31-liter boot under the bonnet where the engine was. And, thanks to the heavy battery pack, it weighs over 400kg!
Pixel lights in signature Thor’s Hammer design are designed to help optimise your vision without dazzling other road users. They do this through the use of 84 Pixel LED’s in each headlight unit that adapt to traffic in front of your XC40 Recharge while continuing to light up the road ahead efficiently.
The interior is basically the same, which is mostly a good thing, with its minimalist look and high-quality construction. The all-black theme can feel a bit claustrophobic and this is especially true in the back seat, where the low-set and straight seats, though wide enough, are not the most inviting. The seat cushions around are a bit stiff, but the seats are designed to support your body almost perfectly.
Volvo XC40 Interior And features :
You would be able to buy the XC40 Recharge with a leather free interior while the Google Android infotainment system integrated in the car makes for a better experience with Google Maps added in along with OTA updates. The XC40 Recharge also gets the usual luxury features as well including a terrific 360 degree view camera and a premium audio system.
Out on the highway, the earlier mentioned performance of the XC40 Recharge comes in handy with a mere flex of your right foot resulting in triple digit speeds. For so much power, the XC40 is composed and has good grip. We made rapid progress and reached Neemrana Fort very quickly. The narrow lanes and the massive speed breakers posed no problem with the XC40 Recharge though while the aircon managed to cool down the cabin quickly.
Instead of using Volvo’s current Census Connect infotainment system, XC40 Recharge offers a new generation of software developed in conjunction with Google’s Android Automotive.
The XC40 Recharge’s corporate cousin, the Polyester 2, also offers an infotainment system that we thought was intuitive and chic in its functionality, but the Volvo version suffers from small onscreen buttons that are difficult to activate while driving. A standard 12.3-inch digital gauge provides a variety of options for cluster customization.
Despite collaborating with Google, the new infotainment system will eventually provide connectivity options for both Android and Apple iPhone devices; A wireless smartphone charging pad is also provided.
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Volvo XC40 Range :
The Volvo XC40 does not lag behind the powertrain for recharging. The ‘twin’, this version is called, has two motors, one in each axle, producing a total of 408hp and 660Nm! For reference, it is the equivalent of a much larger Audi E-Tron 55 Quattro. However, don’t be fooled by its full dimensions, as this compact Volvo weighs 2,188 kg, which is roughly equivalent to a Jaguar i-Pace, and it claims 0-100kph time of 4.9 seconds.
This weight is largely due to the 78kWh-unit battery, which is not much bigger than what you get in a large SUV at around 90kWh, but its claimed range of 418km on a WLTP bike, much like the car’s power and torque output, is definitely comparable to older boys. . In our roughly 200km of driving, most of it on highways (and with some accelerating explosions), we have extrapolated a total range of about 300km at full charge.
It is capable of 150kW DC fast charging, and if we have it in India, it will do 10-80 percent in 33 minutes. With a more accessible 50kW fast charger, Volvo says it has been able to charge 100 percent in about 2.5 hours.
Volvo XC40 Price :
Price and bookings will start from July 2022 but the XC40 Recharge has no rivals at its expected price starts at ₹ 74.00 Lakh while the performance is addictive along with a good enough range.
Driver-Assistance Features :
Volvo will offer a host of high-tech driver-assistance features as standard, including automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. For more information about the XC40 Recharge’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage :
Volvo offers a well-rounded warranty package on its new cars, including a complimentary scheduled maintenance plan that spans three years or 36,000 miles.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Battery components are covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles.