I’m a bit confused by what Volvo is doing.
This is a brand that claims to be the safest car company in the world.
No one has ever died in the company’s flagship XC90 SUV. . . at the time will press the camera.
It invented the three-point seat belt to keep everyone safe in every car on the planet.
And don’t forget Volvo has limited the top speed on all of its new cars to 112mph – all for safety.
So jumping into the new C40, I can’t believe I’m actually sitting in a 5 seater electric racing car with enough jostling to overtake the Porsche Cayman.
This is fast. Appropriately fast.
Two electric motors – one on each axle, for AWD – make 402hp and ignite it from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds. It feels faster.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a chuckle. But Volvo owners don’t want this much power.
They wanted something more chilled, such as the interior. Something more relaxing.
I have no doubt that the C40 will be popular, but only if a single-engine, front-wheel drive version comes out later.
Of course, that car will be a bit slower, but also lighter and will go further between charges. And the kids won’t throw their Cheerios on the way to school.
It will also be cheaper.
Because one more thing that bothers me with this car is the price.
The dual-engine C40 starts at £57,400. Monthly subscription from £679. Yes, you’ve read that right. It’s a mortgage.
At least the BiK rate is only one percent for those using company cars.
So aside from being tame and overpriced, I love this car.
Honestly, I have. This is a slimmer version of the XC40. It looks nice and it’s nice to sit in.
It took me a minute or so to realize there was no start button. This car is too modern, you just have to choose D and go.
There’s also no handbrake. When you get to your destination, just fill it in P, hop off and go. Self-locking car. The touchscreen and satnav are from Google.
Are the seats upholstered in leather? Fixed panoramic sunroof lets light in.
Other luxury amenities include heated front and rear seats and a premium Harman Kardon sound system. As you’d expect for £57k.
The only option is a towbar, if you need one.
Charging a 78kWh battery to 80% takes 40 minutes at a public fast charger – if you can find one – or eight hours from a wall box at home.
If you know your onions, you know the C40 also shares its electrical system with the Polestar 2.
That’s the better option for now. It’s different, it’s great and the single-engine long-range model runs over 316 miles for £42,900.
That’s it – I just saved you £14,500.
MAIN FACT: VOLVO C40 . CHARGER
Price: 57,400 pounds
Power: 402hp, 660Nm
0-62mph: 4.7 seconds
Max speed: 112mph
Limit: 273 miles
Charger: 80% in 40 minutes
VOLVO’S NEXT EV – NEW XC90
THIS is Volvo’s next electric car – a lower, more aerodynamic XC90.
Safe, sustainable and very Swedish. We’ll see the real car next year.
Volvo will also upgrade its plug-in hybrid models next year – S60, V60, XC60, S90, V90 and XC90 – with larger 18.8kWh batteries, more powerful electric motors and full range electric longer up to 56 miles.
The XC40 is also gently refreshed.
That will keep dealers busy.
Volvo will go all-electric by 2030.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/16865271/volvo-c40-recharge-review-too-fast-and-too-pricey/ Faster than a Porsche Cayman from 0-62mph and £57k… it’s too fast and too expensive