The C40 Recharge crossover EV is a solid pick for the environmentally conscious urbanite who doesn’t mind paying more for style and the now famous
Volvo’s EV sales continue to risethe development of the C40 Recharge shows that it’s not just an EV version of an already produced gas-powered Volvo, but rather a distinctly new model in their expanding portfolio.
Underneath the cool aesthetic and Volvo cache, does the C40 Recharge stack up compared to other EVs in its class, or is it too pricy for what you’re getting? Let’s dive in.
Power and range for the Volvo C40 Recharge
Like all EVs, the C40 Recharge has instant power delivered from its 402 hp motor to its wheel with a whopping 486 lb-ft of torque via two motors, making it all-wheel drive. Grocery runs and highway accelerations won’t take long with its 0-60 mph time at 4.2 seconds. All of this power comes delivered at the speed of near silence save the occasional road rumble.
When it comes down to it, the range is often one of buyers' primary concerns when it comes to buying an EV. According to
KBB, unfortunately, the C40 is a bit of a letdown in that department on a whole. At 226 miles to the charge, it’s lower than average for its class but Volvo has said that more range could be added by future software updates.
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Despite its shorter range, the C40 Recharge makes up for it with a stunning and comfortable interior. The designers at Volvo have figured out a way to max both storage space and a roomy cabin for passengers along with heated seats and a panoramic moonroof to keep things feeling airy.
The base level comes with recycled plastic simulated to feel like leather, one step up has simulated suede, and the Ultimate version comes with durable wool upholstery. There is no actual leather used on the inside.
The infotainment center of the cockpit comes equipped with Google Andriod software that is sleek and user-friendly. Fear not, Apple users, it also comes with Apple CarPlay. All of this is delivered on a 12.3-inch display.
Volvo C40 Recharge price point
The suggested retail for the base level, C40 Recharge Core, is $56,395. From there you jump to the Plus model at $57,895 which gets you fog lights, power passenger seats, and power-folding rear head restraints. The top of the line, Ulitmate, is $61,195 which comes with a heat pump, headlamp cleaners, and adaptive cruise control.
What’s odd about the C40 is that it is a few more thousand dollars than its squared-off counterpart, the
XC40. You’re paying more for an arguably sleeker design (slopped roof) but are getting nothing different in terms of performance and are losing some headroom.
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