Volvo C40 Recharge: test, engine, price, range

This crossover tingles: This is how the Volvo C40 Recharche drives

The Volvo C40 Recharge provides plenty of excitement while driving thanks to two electric motors with a total of 408 hp. And he looks sharp.

D.hat is quick, it is impressively uncomplicated Volvo C40 Recharge from: Get in, put your foot on the brake, pull the selector lever to D – and the blue Swede is already roaring. He dispenses with an annoying start button. Ingeniously intuitive, even if it was from Polestar 2 is known. This also applies to the drive technology with one each Electric motor on the front and rear axles and overall 408 hp. (Important tips for buying a new car on the Internet)

In the interior, the C40 relies on sustainable materials

Volvo C40 Recharge (2021): Presentation – first ride – electric – PS

First ride in the new Volvo C40 Recharge

In addition to Polestar 2, this combination also moves Volvo XC40 Recharge – and now C40 recharge. Whereby “moved” sounds somehow too matter-of-fact, but we’ll get to that in a moment. By the big one Panoramic roof the sun shines on the blue carpets. The fvery strange Variation continues on the door panels and looks as if the paint is shining through. Strangely enough, this has a pleasantly calming effect. All in one inner space The Swedes do without leather. Come instead sustainable microtech fabrics used as covers for the well-shaped seats. The patterned Plastic trim on the other hand appear a bit sober. But since this is recycled plastic we accept it benevolently.

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The rear seats in the Volvo quickly become tight

Volvo C40 Recharge

Dynamically drawn: the sloping roofline looks good, but costs the C40 headroom in the rear.

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Still airy at the front, it quickly becomes tight at the back, as is usual with crossovers, especially above the head from 1.85 meters in height. And what does a Stromer actually need this thick one for? Transmission tunnel? The all-round view is limited by the narrow rear window. Thank you for the fine resolution 360 degree camera system. And who Google Maps thinks it is the best navigation, can rejoice. The software is factory-installed Multimedia system integrated with the typically vertically aligned central display. In terms of presentation, the map view easily stands out from the Swedes’ usual Sensus navigation. The navigation route can also be used extensively on the Instrument cluster Show.

You don’t notice anything of the 2.2 tons when accelerating

Volvo C40 Recharge

Pulse accelerator: thanks to all-wheel drive and a whopping 408 hp, the C40 storms to 100 km / h in 4.7 seconds.

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Now we set the chunks together 75 kWh battery (Net capacity) in motion. If the accelerator pedal is depressed, they go to waste 2.2 tons empty weight to the meaningless paper value. The C40 catapulted downright towards the horizon. In Curves however, the high weight has a negative impact. At the Braking you can feel, somewhat surprising for a Volvo, one fixed pressure point on the left pedal. Extremely pleasant, the callous bellows brake from V90 Nobody will miss the C40. Even the direct one, but not too pointed steering not annoying with too much power assistance. Somewhat poorly communicated, yes, but overall it’s fine, like this one Electric bullet keep on course.

But a look at the on-board computer makes it clear: The promised ones 420 kilometers range can only manage accelerator pedal strokes in the recuperation-rich “one-pedal mode” (can only be activated somewhat awkwardly via the touch display). After all: loading is with up to 150 kW possible. So that’s quick too. (Calculate maintenance costs? To the car insurance comparison)

Technical data Volvo C40 Recharge: • Motor: two electric motors • Power: 2 x 150 kW (204 PS) • Max. System torque: 660 Nm • Drive: all-wheel drive, single gear • Length / width / height: 4431 / 1850-2035 / 1582 mm • Wheelbase: 2701 mm • Trailer load: 1800 kg • Empty weight: 2207 kg • Luggage compartment: 413-1205 l (+31 Frunk) • 0-100 km / h 4.7 s • Vmax: 180 km / h • Consumption: 22 kWh / 100 km • Range (WLTP): 420 km • Price: from 57,890 euros

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