Volvo C40 SUV (2022) Review

Sitting between the rest of the XC40 and the Polestar 2, the Volvo C40 is an all-electric SUV with great style, technology and performance, not to mention the space and practicality that families need. . It’s not cheap, but it feels premium, while the use of many sustainable materials in the cabin fits well with Volvo’s public image. It’s an interesting product, but competitors like the Q4 E-Tron Sportback and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 offer more opportunities and Google’s car technology is pulling away from iPhone users, although this has been updated by and air conditioning. adds multi-requirement CarPlay compatibility.

Volvos are expensive these days (rightly so – its technology and stuff is on par with Land Rover, Audi and BMW) but it’s trying to make it fun with some kind of monthly maintenance subscription. This combines repairs, taxes and damages into one hefty monthly fee, which is a great way to go electric, but it may not be cheaper than how you’re getting it now. a. In terms of running costs, the C40, like all electric cars, offers those with the option of charging at home to “refuel” their cars for peanuts at low electricity rates and tax breaks for those commercial driver.

Volvo has a solid, if not stellar, reputation for reliability, and the C40 shares much of its technology with the XC40 Recharge and Polestar 2. As such, it is all proven, that electric cars work (if not electronically) easier than petrol, diesel or hybrid, so you expect that it has less access to it. Volvo offers a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is average, considering some competitors offer five years and Kia covers you for seven years. The battery is covered separately by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. If you use it with the Care subscription package from Volvo, there is nothing, since repairs are included in the fixed price.

Volvo is proud of its safety record and the C40 comes with the latest equipment to keep you out of trouble, including power steering, airbags and other safety measures in case of an accident. inevitable indeed. It’s clear that the technology’s aim is to prevent that from happening in the first place, with Volvo’s radar/camera monitoring cruise control and driver assistance to reduce fatigue from driving (although you’ll put your hands on the wheel, of course) during blind spot warning and automatic braking to stop the car if you’re about to back into an unseen danger are standard. Given how little you can see through the small rear window, that’s not a bad thing.

“Care By Volvo is a convenient way to make the switch to electric but may not actually prove that much cheaper than the way you do it now”
Volvo knows how to build a good car and the C40 makes good use of its base in the XC40, the combination of clean lines and a high seating position puts what many drivers love on the road. clear about their car. For less; car, the C40 also has a lot of space. That’s in part thanks to the long glass sunroof, which provides light to the front and back. Sustainable fabrics made from recycled plastic are used for chairs, carpets and rugs. They are beautiful and wear strong clothes, while actually giving a satisfactory light of social work. The uncluttered design of the interior also helps reduce the driving experience, with the only downside being poor visibility through the low roof and shallow windows. The back seat is meant “inboard”, but there is a lot of legroom and even in the middle of the trip to get a semi-good perch and footroom on each side of the loss in the middle of the floor. If you need to carry more, the XC40 Recharge-related boot may be a better bet, although the boot is still a good size in the C40. On the road, the C40 drives well, even for the combination of large wheels and lack of sidewalls and tires. Like most EVs, the weight helps to hit it on the road and that’s only the worst impact on the quiet interior, wind noise and other annoying things. It is also well-ventilated for a quiet and flexible experience.
Two versions are currently offered, including the 231 horsepower Recharge and the 408 horsepower Recharge Twin. The latter accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.7 seconds, which is crazy speed for a small SUV. Although this model claims a range of 274 kilometers (the standard is 269 kilometers), but every way the C40 falls behind the 300+ kilometers offered by many competitors, while the world performance n ‘really going (in fact at least as big as the near) shows that the C40 does not use its battery power as little as some competitors. In that respect, we find the C40 and its sister model XC40 Recharge are a joy to drive. They are everything a small electric SUV should be – quiet, smooth, fast from a standstill, and the weight of the battery translates into a low power consumption that adds to the feeling of confidence. Combined with driving around town, it’s a great car to own,
Volvo’s bright touchscreen appears in the C40, with swipe-up menus for most functions, but important features like navigation, audio and phone are easily accessible from the home screen. You get Google Maps and Google Assistant, allowing four years of data, which is great if you’re an Android user, have a Nest smart speaker at home, and manage your life through Google Assistant. A little less if you are an Apple fan, but to be fair to Volvo, it has solved the previous lack of CarPlay with an over-the-air update announced in the summer of 2022 and (hopefully) uploaded to automatic car. Elsewhere, there are LED headlights, a panoramic roof, an electric tailgate and a Harman Kardon audio system, which we appreciate even more for the silence of the electric lights. Step up to the Clean trim level and you get front AND rear seat lighting, which is unusual for a car of this size, and a heated steering wheel. Everything is very pleasant in the winter, but be careful about the decline of the battery life… There are also Volvo apps that help you organize remote functions, such as heating the car before leaving or assistance for calling emergency services but we have not seen. Those car apps help a lot, honestly.