(Test) Volvo C40 – To be trustworthy, I feel Volvo is being not noted of the electric revolution within the automotive world, when it must be the opposite method round.
After all, Volvo produces 100% electric vehicles of simple high quality that match their model, i.e. snug and secure, but in addition extraordinarily dynamic and agile to drive. As I’ve already stated a number of instances in Leak.pttake a look at to Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 was one of many issues I preferred most about this yr, that it repeated itself, however differently, on the wheel of an much more fascinating C40 Recharging.
At coronary heart they’re remarkably comparable vehicles as they even share the identical electrical base, nevertheless to me the Volvo C40 appears angrier, extra rebellious and subsequently extra capable of shock and tickle drivers, each visually and in efficiency. .
Let’s do it in phases lets?
(Rehearsal) Volvo C40: an electric car that melts hearts!
So, for me Volvo C40 Recharge it is much less of an SUV as a result of it would not appear so large, chunky and heavy (which it clearly continues to be) that it seems extra like “compartment” with a extra boring and sporty look. This is a car that is not going to go unnoticed by anybody.
Especially when a car of this dimension has an acceleration drive that typically is unnecessary for a “regular” Volvo.
In this Volvo C40 Recharge when examined, we have now two engines with a mixed output of 408 hp, i.e. 300 kW (there may be additionally a single-engine model, with the engine mounted on the entrance axle, with an output of 231 hp). Interestingly, that is really the identical system and transmission that we will discover within the XC40 Recharge, however right here it’s simple that we have now a car that is far more fascinating visually, across the engines, battery and different help techniques.
Nevertheless, we have now 660 Nm of torque distributed evenly between the 2 axles, this, due to the help of the aforementioned 408cv, we have now an acceleration able to accelerating this “beast” from 0 to 100 km/h in simply 4.6 s. . (However, as normal with Volvo vehicles, the highest velocity is proscribed to 180 km/h, on this case 186 km/h).
As for consumption, with very aggressive driving on my half (I am unable to resist revving Volvo EVs) I used to be doing 23kWh for each 100km. But it’s extremely simple to run at 19~20kWh which is superb for the dimensions and weight of the car.
The figures within the subject of batteries are additionally fascinating, as we will rely on a 75 kW battery, which in flip is ready to supply a variety of roughly 440 actual kilometers (WLTP cycle). However, within the subject of charging, we help charging at 150 kWh, which implies that at a appropriate station we will fill the battery to 80% in simply 40 minutes. (On AC, the C40 solely achieves 11kW).
Honestly, I feel Volvo wins within the simplicity of how they do issues. Entering the C40 means accessing two screens the place we will discover all attainable and possible info due to the Android Automotive working system.
You do not even want buttons or something to drive the car, simply put it in gear and begin driving. However, as soon as once more, we have now a producer right here that may be very targeted on placing every thing right into a touchscreen-based leisure system, a plague of the automotive world that must be put to an finish.
Controls for main techniques equivalent to local weather management (AC) must be bodily and simply accessible. I do not need to watch for the top of the flip or drive on a worse street, change the extent of air flow or the temperature within the cabin. Fortunately, the system right here is not essentially the most sophisticated, as you simply have to faucet on a sure spot within the person interface to entry every thing and extra… But hey… Please… Physical buttons and wheels please.
As for driving, it is a Volvo with brutal acceleration. It has wonderful turning angle, which makes it extraordinarily maneuverable, even contemplating its dimension. The solely draw back when driving is the ‘One Pedal Drive’ characteristic which, regardless of working very effectively in rev observe, particularly round city, solely has one stage… On or Off. This will not be sufficient, so it must be adjusted just like the Polestar 2.
Interior and storage
As Volvo is used to, there aren’t any innovations right here, every thing is straightforward and useful. The end is unbelievable, what a car that screams to have the ability to final a number of years with that new scent.
Due to the outside design, the again could appear decrease, however to be trustworthy, with my 1m89, I used to be fairly snug wherever within the again. This is a well-designed car that is ready to mix sportiness with consolation.
In the storage, we have now a baggage compartment with a quantity of 413 liters, the opportunity of decreasing the seats as much as 1205 liters. In the entrance (the place the engine must be) we have now one other baggage compartment with a quantity of 31 liters.
I can say that I’ve already pushed the overwhelming majority of options on this market section the place we will set up the Volvo C40. But… I’ve by no means been extra in love with a car than I’m with this electric providing.
If you need a household car, with consolation and dynamics, I counsel you to go to this car on the nearest dealership. Like it!