Volvo’s C40 Recharge, the electric vehicle that could very well suit you

I was just trying on some suits for a wedding which I hope will be over by the time you read this. There isn’t much between the two suits for a number of reasons.

One of the garments is light but a bit bland in styling (not that I’m a huge expert on such things). The other is a heavier material but looks a lot better I think.

Both have been carefully tucked away, awaiting an excuse to wear them for some time. If it were possible, which it certainly isn’t, I’d take the top of one and the pants of the other for what I feel is a better ensemble.

Funnily enough, I had just started this week’s recap when the analogy of suits came to mind to help me convey what I want to say about the car, or how it happens, cars. Yes, it’s a story of two vehicles that are so closely aligned in many areas that I initially wondered why Volvo should have produced both the XC40 electric SUV and the C40 electric crossover/coupe.

They are called XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge. The term charging is used to convey power from a battery.

What difference does an X make? Or to put it another way: What difference does the absence of an X make?

Volvo put it simply: the C40 Recharge has “all the advantages” of an SUV, but with a more steeply raked roof. If you think of the C40 Recharge as the ‘crowned’ version of the XC40, you’re not too far off the mark.

But is all this fiddling about an X or no X worth the time and downright confusion they cause? I had to explain it to some.

Well, Volvo must think there’s a likely market/demand for both – I don’t think they would waste the time and money making and marketing the duo if they didn’t think so.

Mind you, I’m not sure Recharge is a great name for electric vehicles either; Some people still think it’s a plug-in or an ordinary hybrid. It doesn’t.

As I have already tested the Recharge XC40 I ​​will not burden you with it further. Suffice to say it had its ups and downs.

The C40 Recharge is a better looking car for my money on first impressions, but of course that’s a subjective judgement. My opinion on this is mainly due to the way they gave the roofline that lower angle.

That means it’s about 70mm lower than the XC40 and only slightly longer, but roughly the same width. And it still shares some body panels with the SUV – as do the front doors. The front gets a new “face” that includes headlights with pixel technology.

The rear highlights the changes with a design that blends well with the lower, sweeping roofline. I really liked this part.

But to more practical things. Because of the sloping roof, headroom for the rear passengers isn’t quite as good as the XC40. It’s still a really comfortable car to sit or drive in.

The cabin certainly has an upscale feel and the seats, as I mentioned in my review of the XC40, are some of the best you’ll find in any car. They managed to strike a great balance of suppleness and support. They have certainly taken the pain away from a longer journey.

And that’s what it’s all about, no matter what a car looks like or how it feels to drive: being able to enjoy it in comfort. It drove briskly with a nice change of pace and was particularly manageable for a relatively large vehicle. The front-axle motor definitely gave it its all a few times in an interval of brisk driving.

As a Volvo, you would expect it to have a large stock of safety items. It does. I don’t know how many columns of inclusions are occupied by technologies that help avoid an accident or a driver or protect passengers. Just assume that there are few cars on the market that have such a large bundle of such technologies.

The version of the C40 Recharge I tested is one of the cheapest in the Volvo range, although anything £50,000+ is a big expense in my opinion. You’d be surprised how many are in the late $50,000 ranges.

The claimed 432km range between charges is nothing to write home about, although it seemed fairly accurate judging by the power levels remaining in the battery by the time I was done. Another good thing about electric Volvos is that they come with a Plugsurfing card, which gives access to one of Europe’s largest and most modern charging networks.

So would I buy it? Yes, I think it would be a good buy, although I’d probably prefer the rear seats to have a bit more headroom.

A bit like deciding which suit to wear, I’d take the XC40’s headroom and C40’s coupe looks.

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Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric, Lithium Ion Battery 69 kWh, Single Motor Front Axle Drive 231 HP, 432 km Claimed Range; €120 tax. From €53,980. Standard items include a wide range of security systems; Cruise control, 19″ alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, adaptive brake lights, electric/heated, folding door mirrors, parking assist, rear parking assist camera, dual-zone climate control, front cargo area (31 litres), 12.3″ driver’s display, 9 -inch driver display touchscreen center console, DAB, 8 speakers, Google Maps, voice recognition.

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