With its compact footprint, sports car specs, and wide range, this may be the EV that many have been waiting for.
India’s four-wheeled buggy EV market has so far grown on the other side of the two. Mass market makers are bringing more affordable EVs to the market, like the Rs 12-lakh Tata Tigor EV, but on the other side, you can get a 761hp electric super sedan with the Rs 2.3 Chlore. You can-Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
In the middle of the spectrum was a gapped Rs 70-odd-lakh void, initially filled by the Rs47lakh priced MiniCooper SE and soon by the Volvo XC40 Recharge. The former is still a very niche and the lifestyle offering has bought more for its appearance and driving dynamics, while the latter represents the first suitable sub-one crawl electric luxury car.
This shade of red paint will not be offered in the final car.
As such, it carries greater expectations for space, practicality, comfort, functionality, and most importantly range. Can it meet all those requirements, and is it enough to be your first luxury EV?
Volvo XC40 recharge will be slightly different at launch
First and foremost, you need to know that the cars that will be released in July are a little different from the cars shown here. Volvo India introduced some of these right-handed models to roll the ball, but due to the delay in launch, changes were made to the final Indian specifications. In fact, the car underwent minor modifications in the meantime.
At 408hp, the performance is very powerful
For one, this fascinating fusion red shade is not available, but the other five color options are available. The facelift version features a new iteration of the “Tall’s Hammer” DRL, a bumper with a more aggressive look, and more angled headlamps with a minimalist closed grille section. Meanwhile, internally, the leather upholstery shown here will be replaced with a more sustainable “leatherless” option, adding wireless Apple Carplay to the infotainment system.
How is Volvo XC40 Recharge different from XC40 T4 Gasoline?
What is the difference from the gasoline XC40? Not all. It is 15mm long and has only bumpers. The battery pack has a slightly lower ground clearance of 175mm, which means the grille is blank and there is a charging port in the position of the fuel filler cap. Wheels rise from 18 inches to 19 inches as a differentiator, boots fall from 460 liters to 419 liters, and spare tires are also inside the boots. But now there are 31 liters of boots under the hood where the engine was. And thanks to the heavy battery pack, it weighs a whopping 400kg!
31 liter front boots with an engine.
The interior is about the same, but it’s mostly good, with its minimalist look and high quality construction. Black themes can be a bit claustrophobic. This is especially true for the back seats. In the back seats, the low set upright seats are large enough, but not the most attractive. The all-round seat cushions are a bit solid, but the seats are designed to support your body almost perfectly.
2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge: Features and Technology
It inherits the new infotainment and telematics system from the improved XC60. That means a sharper new set of digital dials and a new Android-based infotainment system. The latter is a sophisticated interface with direct access to Google Maps and Assistants, and many apps in the Play Store that utilize onboard e-SIM, but there are caveats.
The Range Optimizer goes even further by changing the AC and powertrain.
One is that you need to link your phone through a complex login system using the Volvo app and your Gmail account. Like most cars, there is no traditional “plug and play” Android Auto. As mentioned earlier, Apple Carplay will come later. So for now, you can only link phones via Bluetooth. In addition, it is so dependent on connectivity that if e-SIM is out of range of the network, e-SIM will be effectively reduced to wireless and the phone will not be able to provide data either. Also, the interface works well with Google features such as maps, music, and connectivity, but vehicle features are limited to crowded background menus. Older systems made this much better.
It’s a little solid, but very supportive.
Other outstanding features of the car are a panoramic sunroof with new touch controls, a complete suite of sensor-based ADAS technology that enables wireless mobile phone charging, level 2 autonomous driving, connected car technology, and driver side. It is an electric front seat equipped with the memory of. , And a great sounding Harman / Kardon audio system.
Volvo XC40 Recharge: Battery, Motor, Range
Volvo does not suppress the powertrain for the XC40 recharge. The “twin”, called this version, has two motors, one for each axle, for a total of 408hp and 660Nm. For reference, it’s the same as the much larger Audi e-tron 55 Quattro. However, don’t be fooled by its full dimensions, as this compact Volvo weighs about the same as the Jaguar I-Pace, 2,188 kg, and claims a 0-100 kph time of 4.9 seconds.
“Twin” refers to dual motors and AWD.
Most of its weight is due to the battery of the 78kWh unit, which is not as great as what can be obtained with a large SUV of about 90kWh, but the 418km claim range on the WLTP cycle is that the car’s power and torque output, Certainly comparable to a big boy. In our approximately 200km drive, most of which was on the highway (and with some enthusiastic acceleration), we estimated a total range of approximately 300km on a full charge.
A 150kW DC fast charge is possible, and when used in India, it will be 10-80% flat in 33 minutes. With a more accessible 50kW quick charger, Volvo states that it was able to charge up to 100% in about 2.5 hours.
Volvo XC40 Recharge: Driving and Performance
Like all modern Volvos, the key is now a rectangular fob that you can keep in your pocket (in fact, the car comes with three), but you don’t even have to press a button to start the car. .. Just push the lever to the drive and the vehicle will start moving. It will take some getting used to, but it works surprisingly well. If you’re worried about the safety implications of this, know that thanks to the sensor, it only works if someone is sitting in the driver’s seat. The moment the seat becomes available, the car turns off. AC is also turned off, so leaving passengers for a few minutes can be a bit annoying.
The suspension has hardened to make up for the weight.
Still, when you move, it feels like a petrol XC40T4 at first. There is a creep mode, which is a good sign of EV, and the response to a light throttle input is correspondingly mild. First, you need to know that there is no traditional drive mode (except offload mode in low traction situations) and there is no way to control the degree of lift-off power recovery. Instead, some submenus on the touch screen are options for “one-pedal drive” mode. The regenerative brake is so strong that if you activate it while on the move, it will stop immediately if your foot is not on the accelerator. It takes a long time to get used to it, but if you like it, it may be very helpful in the city.
Driver aid embedded in the touch screen submenu.
Aside from that, the moment you step on the accelerator a little hard, the XC40 Recharge Twin will move forward vigorously. It drops its weight and rocket forward to the point where you have to dial back things to maintain a good pace. Our trip from New Delhi to Fort Neemrana in Rajasthan required only a restrained bend in the right foot to overtake the truck on the highway. Performance is addictive, especially given the small footprint it’s packed into, and putting it on the floor all the time will pin you to your seat almost at the sports car level.
Volvo XC40 Recharge: Ride Quality and Handling
To make up for the added weight, Volvo obviously had to strengthen the suspension, which becomes apparent the moment you cross a rough patch on the road. You and your passengers will rock from side to side, and although this isn’t too bad, the larger 19-inch wheels give it a solid edge on sharp bumps.
Larger 19-inch wheels add style and solid edges.
The result is an incredibly planted vehicle on the highway. There is almost no pitch or movement beyond the undulations. If you encounter a pothole at speed, it simply chokes it and disappears.
The steering is usually lightweight but fluid, which is used on Volvo, especially the XC40. It’s very rewarding to use at low speeds and isn’t the fastest, but it has a good sense of communication from the road. This time, the mode of adding steering weights (also embedded in the touchscreen menu) is useful. It is recommended for use on the highway.
Iron the bumps while still configured with speed.
The suspension rigidity and low center of gravity added thanks to the underfloor battery pack means that the recharge is a neat handler than the XC40 petrol. The fast-acting electric AWD system is also very good at reducing the power coming out of the corners, so you can carry more speed with confidence. Still, this isn’t the sharpest-handling SUV in the world, and you want to drive at a relaxed pace, except for the occasional thrills.
Volvo XC40 Recharge Expected Price and Verdict
The price hasn’t been decided yet, but we estimate that the Volvo XC40 recharge will fall in the range of 60 to 65 rupees (in front of the showroom). This is what buyers of such cars are willing to want. Payment; After all, the next car up will cost 100 million rupees.
XC40 Charge the only compact luxury SUV so far.
EVs are best suited for cities, and this is where the compact dimensions of the XC40 take advantage of it. What may not work for that advantage is the fact that it looks like a Volvo XC40. Many EV buyers like a little more flash to show off what they have purchased. Maybe the C40 Recharge Coupe should be next to the card!
Still, the XC40 Recharge has this end of the market in itself for the foreseeable future. Volvo started at the bottom of the range while the rest of the luxury brands started their EV journey at the top end and headed down. If the monopoly of this segment continues for some time and Volvo can match supply and demand, the Swedish brand will raise the rank of luxury cars and establish itself as a reliable EV maker for luxury car buyers in India. It may be a ticket for.