Overview and interesting features of the Volvo XC40 Recharge 2020: exterior, interior design, technical content, price tag.
On October 16, 2019, the Swedish brand Volvo began a new chapter in its history with the introduction of the brand’s first electric vehicle to the world. It was the all-electric crossover Volvo XC40 P8 AWD Recharge (or Volvo XC40 Recharge).
The car is designed on the basis of the petrol modification of the Volvo XC40, which was first shown in the fall of 2017. All rechargeable Volvo cars will now have the “Recharge” prefix in their name.
In addition, Volvo’s management announced that they intend to bring at least one electric car to the market over the next five years, which is something they are willing to believe. But back to the hero of our review.
The exterior of the new Volvo XC40 Recharge is almost identical to that of the XC40. The only exception is a plug instead of a grille and a slightly modified front and rear bumper.
The dynamic profile features a long bonnet, striking side embossings, a massive C-pillar, and a powerful plastic body kit that runs around the body.
The rear of the car is greeted by a large luggage compartment door, topped with a large spoiler, stylish high-positioned position lights, and a muscular bumper.
The crossover rises above the roadway by 211 mm, which is more than enough for confident movement in the urban jungle and beyond.
It is expected that potential buyers will be offered a body-color palette identical to the regular Volvo XC40, presented in five colors. They will also be able to choose one of two designs of wheel rims with a diameter of 17-18 inches.
Salon Volvo XC40 Recharge 2020
Inside, the electric crossover also received minimal differences from its gasoline and diesel “brothers”.
For example, the Volvo XC40 Recharge is equipped with a fully digital instrument cluster and a more advanced infotainment system, which is controlled via a 9-inch vertically oriented touch screen.
In addition to the instrument panel, in front of the driver is a plump multifunction steering wheel with neat chrome inserts and a small brand logo in the center.
The audio system is controlled in a small block located directly under the central “tablet”. The quality of finishing materials, ergonomics, and assembly is at a very high level. However, the Volvo brand has long positioned itself as a manufacturer of premium cars, where you would not expect any other quality.
Front riders are offered comfortable seats with a large number of adjustments, an optimal cushion in length, and well-felt lateral support. There is a high tunnel between the seats, where the manufacturer has placed an armrest, a pair of cup holders, an electronic parking brake button, and an automatic transmission lever.
Nearby there is a platform for wireless charging of mobile gadgets and several connectors. The rear sofa is nominally designed to accommodate three riders, but in practice, only two people can comfortably sit here.
Among the available amenities are a separate air duct unit, a connector for recharging mobile devices, and a folding center armrest.
Compared to the crossover version, the trunk volume of the new items has decreased by 47 liters and now reaches 413 liters. This was due to the fact that the manufacturer placed a traction battery under the floor. With the rear row backs folded down, the loading space increases to nearly 1,300 liters.
Also, one cannot but recall the fact that under the hood of the electric crossover there is also a small 31-liter luggage compartment, where it is convenient to store various small things.
A few separate words need to be said about the media center with the pre-installed Android Automotive operating system, which is able to update “over the air” and has several pre-installed electromobility applications in its arsenal.
Specifications Volvo XC40 Recharge 2020
The novelty is built on the proprietary platform, which is well known for the gasoline and diesel versions of the Volvo XC40, the Polestar 2 liftback, and a couple of other models of the company. It assumes the presence of an independent MacPherson-type front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension with Control Blade technology.
On the wheels of both the front and rear axles, ventilated disc mechanisms are installed, complemented by an impressive arsenal of modern assistants.
The most interesting thing is a pair of identical electric motors, one installed on each of the axles. Their total output is 408 “horses” and 660 Nm of torque, allowing them to gain acceleration from 0 to 100 in 4.9 seconds.
The maximum speed is relatively modest – only 180 km / h, although this seems to be the “merit” of the electronic limiter.
Electric motors are charged from a traction battery with a capacity of 78 kW / h, the charge of which is enough to cover about 400 km on a single charge according to the WLTP cycle. The time for a full charge from the household network, unfortunately, is not reported, but when using a fast “terminal” for recharging, the battery is charged from 0 to 80% in 40 minutes.
2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge Price
The appearance of the Volvo XC40 Recharge on the European market should be expected in the first quarter of 2020, but whether the novelty will reach the domestic market remains a mystery.
On the North American market, the electric crossover should have time to appear before the end of this year, while its price, taking into account tax incentives, will be about 48 thousand dollars.
Volvo XC40 Recharge is an extremely interesting car, captivating not only with its exterior and interior but also with its fully electric technical stuffing. And even if the car does not have exclusive “chips” that would distinguish it from the background of electric competitors, we believe that the model will find its buyer.