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2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

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The Volvo XC40 Recharge has been launched in India at Rs 55.90 lakh (ex-showroom). It’s the first locally assembled global EV in India, and it’s sold exclusively on the carmaker’s online platform.

The XC40 Recharge is powered by a 78kWh battery with a claimed range of 418km. It’s available in a single top-spec variant fully loaded with the top-spec features, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Highlights of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Brand Name — Volvo
• Model Name — XC40 Recharge
• Vehicle Type — Electric Vehicle
• Body Type — Suv
• Segment — JC-Medium
• Colours Option — Crystal White, Fjord Blue, Onyx Black, Thunder Grey, Sage Green
• Engine Type — Twin Motor (Electric)
• Transmission — 1-speed direct drive
• Drive Type — All wheel drive
• Max Power — 402.30bhp @ rpm
• Max Torque — 660Nm @ rpm
• Fuel Type — Electric
• Battery Capacity — 78 kWh
• Range — 418 km
• Top Speed 180 km/h
• Acceleration (0-100kmph) — 4.9 seconds
• Fast Charging Time — 28 Min
• Boot Space (Litres) — 414 L
• Ground Clearance (mm) — 175 mm
• Seating Capacity — 5
• Doors — 5
• Price — ₹ 55.90* Lakhs (Ex-Showroom Price Delhi)
• Warranty — 3 Years / 36,000 km
• Battery Warranty — 8 Years / 1,00,000 miles
• Official Tagline — The Gold Standard of Automatics

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review : Specification

With a whopping 402-hp and the instant torque delivery of two electric motors, the 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge is an eco-friendly SUV with some serious speed. Electric powertrain aside, the XC40 Recharge is just as practical and thoughtfully designed as the gasoline-powered model, with a roomy cargo area, clever storage cubbies, and an upscale look and feel that cements it as part of the luxury-EV niche.

The Volvo is more handsome and offers better build quality than the Tesla Model Y, but its driving range isn’t nearly as impressive. A host of desirable safety and convenience features is standard, including a semi-autonomous driving mode, but we’re not sold on Volvo’s new Google-based infotainment interface. Still, we think the XC40 Recharge is a good choice for most buyers looking to go electric tastefully.

Key Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• ABS Brakes
• Air Conditioning
• Alloy Wheels
• AM/FM Stereo
• Android Auto
• Apple CarPlay
• Automatic Transmission
• Auxiliary Audio Input
• Blind Spot Monitor
• Bluetooth Technology
• Cruise Control
• Front Seat Heaters
• Lane Departure Warning
• Leather & Suede Seats
• Memory Seat(s)
• Overhead Airbags
• Panoramic Sunroof
• Parking Sensors
• Power Hatch/Deck Lid
• Power Locks
• Power Mirrors
• Power Seat(s)
• Power Windows
• Rear Defroster
• Rear View Camera
• Satellite Radio Ready
• Side Airbags
• Smart Key
• Traction Control

Engine & Transmission Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Engine Details — Dual Permanent-Magnet Synchronous
• Engine Type — Twin Motor (Electric)
• Transmission — 1-speed direct drive
• Drive Type — All wheel drive
• Max Power — 402.30bhp @ rpm
• Max Torque — 660Nm @ rpm
• Fuel Type — Electric
• Gear Box — single speed transmission
• Battery Capacity — 78 kWh
• Range — 418 km
• Top Speed 180 km/h
• Acceleration (0-100kmph) — 4.9 seconds
• Fast Charging Time — 28 Min

Steering, Suspension & Breaking Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Steering Type — Electric
• Steering Column — Tilt & Telescopic
• Steering Gear Type — Rack & Pinion
• Front Suspension — sophisticated Suspension
• Rear Suspension — sophisticated Suspension
• Breaking Type — ABS
• Front Brake Type — Disc
• Rear Brake Type — Disc
• Minimum Turning Radius — 11.4 m
• Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
• Corner Stability Control (CSC)

Wheels & Tyres Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Wheel Type — Painted alloy wheels
• Wheel Size — 19 Inches
• Tyres Type — Tubeless, Radial
• Front Tyres Size — 255/45R19
• Rear Tyres Size — 255/45R19

Physical Measurement Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Length — 4425 mm
• Width — 1873 mm
• Width with mirrors — 2034 mm
• Height — 1652 mm
• Wheelbase — 2702 mm
• Ground Clearance (mm) — 175 mm
• Weight Unladen (EU) — 2023 kg
• Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) — 2460 kg
• Max. Payload — 512 kg

Space & Capacity Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Doors — 5 Doors
• Seating Capacity — 5 Person
• No of Seating Rows — 2 Rows
• Boot space — 345 Litters
• Fuel Tank Capacity — Electric
• Cargo Volume — 419 L
• Cargo Volume Max — 1295 L
• Cargo Volume Frunk — 31 L
• Roof Load — 75 kg
• Tow Hitch Possible
• Towing Weight Unbraked — 750 kg
• Towing Weight Braked — 1500 kg
• Vertical Load Max — 100 kg

Interior Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• 3 spoke sports tailored steering wheel
• 2 zone electronic climate control and rear air vent with clean zone air quality system and pollen filter
• 60/40 versatile split folding rear seat
• Front load compartment (31 litres)
• Front tunnel net pocket and integrated waste bin
• 12V socket in front tunnel console and cargo compartment
• Front reading light and theatre lighting
• Front seat cushion extensions
• Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
• Multi directional lumbar support
• Underfloor cargo storage
• Centre console cupholders and storage
• Glovebox bag hook
• Charcoal headlining
• A-pillar parking ticket holder
• 3 bench rear seats in 2nd row
• Single front passenger seat
• High gloss black centre tunnel and centre screen surround deco
• Load protection net
• Illuminated luggage compartment
• Height adjustable passenger seat
• Rear armrest with cupholder
• Height/tilt adjustable driver’s seat
• Floor mats
• Front footwell illumination
• Height/reach adjustable steering column
• Rear coat hook
• Illuminated glovebox
• Rear headrests
• Front headrests

Exterior Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Front recharge tread plates
• Dark tinted windows for rear door side windows and cargo compartment
• Colour co-ordinated front grille and surround
• Electric adjustable/heated/auto folding door mirrors
• Integrated roof rails in high gloss black
• Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
• Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
• Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
• Auto dimming exterior rear view mirror
• Visible VIN plate
• High gloss black window trim
• High gloss black front and rear skid plate
• High gloss black lower front bumper
• Recharging port located in nearside rear wing
• Rear side wing doors
• Recharge embossed rear side roof pillar
• Automatic dimming interior mirror
• Home safe and approach lighting
• Automatic headlamp levelling
• Roof antenna
• Front and rear electric windows
• Rear wiper

Electrical Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Battery Type — Lithium-Ion
• Battery Capacity — 78 kWh
• Charge Port — Type 2
• Port Location — Left Side – Rear
• Charge Power — 11 kW AC
• Charge Time (0->335 km) — 7h15m
• Charge Speed — 47 km/h
• Fastcharge Port — CCS
• FC Port Location — Left Side – Rear
• Fastcharge Power (max) — 136 kW DC
• Fastcharge Time (34->268 km) — 26 min
• Fastcharge Speed — 540 km/h
• LED Headlights
• LED Taillights
• LED Fog Lamps
• Fog lamps with cornering function,

Safety Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system
• Pre-collision safety system
• Post-collision safety system
• Dual front side-mounted airbags
• Front and rear head airbags
• Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
• Stability control
• Traction control
• Child seat anchors
• Rear door child safety locks
• 4-wheel ABS
• Emergency braking assist
• Tire pressure monitoring
• Dusk sensing headlamps
• Auto delay off headlamps
• LED headlamp
• Adaptive headlights
• Daytime running lights
• Cornering lights
• Front fog/driving lights
• Turn signal mirrors
• 2 front headrests
• 3 rear headrests
• Rear folding headrests
• Rear center 3-point belt yes
• Remote anti-theft alarm system yes
• Engine immobilizer

Entertainment, Communication & Instrumentation Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Radio
• Audio System Remote Control
• Speakers Front
• Speakers Rear
• Integrated 2DIN Audio
• USB & Auxiliary input
• Bluetooth Connectivity
• Touch Screen
• Touch Screen size — 9
• Connectivity — Android Auto,Apple CarPlay,
• Internal Storage
• No of Speakers — 13
• Speech function,
• Digital service pack,
• App Store or Google Play,
• Harman kardam sound system,
• Android based google assisted
• Information system ,

Comfort & Convenience features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Power Steering
• Power Windows-Front
• Power Windows-Rear
• Air Conditioner
• Heater
• Adjustable Steering
• Automatic Climate Control — 2 Zone
• Air Quality Control
• Low Fuel Warning Light
• Accessory Power Outlet
• Trunk Light
• Vanity Mirror
• Rear Reading Lamp
• Rear Seat Headrest
• Adjustable Headrest
• Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest
• Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts
• Cup Holders-Front
• Cup Holders-Rear
• Rear AC Vents
• Heated Seats Front
• Heated Seats – Rear
• Seat Lumbar Support
• Cruise Control
• Parking Sensors
• Front & Rear
• Navigation System
• Foldable Rear Seat — 60:40 Split
• Smart Key Band
• KeyLess Entry
• Engine Start/Stop Button
• Glove Box Cooling
• Voice Control
• USB Charger — Front
• Central Console Armrest
• Tailgate Ajar
• Hands-Free Tailgate
• Luggage Hook & Net
• Air purifier,
• Humidity sensor,
• Driving range up to 418km.
• When needed, at home or at work can fast-charge from zero to 80% in around 40 minutes.
• Fast charging DC up to 150 kW under optimal charging conditions.

Locks & Security Features of 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

• Smart Access Card Entry
• KeyLess Entry
• Engine Immobilizer — Vehicle Immobilizer with Security System Alarm
• Anti-Theft Device
• Anti-Pinch Power Windows
• Central Locking
• Power Door Locks
• Child Safety Locks
• Anti-Theft Alarm

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review : Impressive Looks

Honestly, the Volvo XC40 Recharge looks very similar to the standard XC40 (that is still on sale, by the way). The major difference is no surprise — the grille. Or rather the lack of it. You get a blanked out panel instead, with the Volvo badge sitting pretty on it. There’s also the fact that it has shouty green plates that scream EV from a mile away. From the side, you’d notice large 19-inch wheels with fatter rubber (255s at the rear) that give it a particularly handsome stance, a subtle Recharge badge on the C-pillar and at the rear, there’s another subtle badge.

The fuel lid is not longer a fuel lid, but instead reveals a charging port and is positioned in the same place. Something you would not notice at first glance is the fact that it is longer overall by 15mm. With the XC40 Recharge, Volvo hasn’t changed its styling too much — avoiding completely new model lines like what Mercedes-Benz and Audi are doing at the moment. It breeds familiarity, that is certain, and the XC40 is already a handsome car that didn’t need much tweaking to make it look futuristic.

Like the exteriors, the changes to the insides are subtle. The big differences are to the infotainment screen and the instrument cluster. The infotainment screen now runs Google natively, allowing you to download apps like Maps and Spotify straight to it — something we first saw on the S90 and the XC60 facelifts not too long ago. iPhone owners, don’t sweat, it will also be available with wireless Apple CarPlay when it launches in India. Then there’s the 12-3-inch digital instrument cluster — it has a few EV-specific tweaks. The fuel gauge has been replaced with a gauge that shows the battery’s charge levels in percentage. The tacho has been replaced by a dial that displays how much power you’re using or recovering.

Those two things aside, the XC40 Recharge is pretty much identical to the standard car. Quality of materials used is top notch, as is fit and finish levels. It remains well equipped too — 360 degree camera, electrically adjustable front seats, a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, Harman Kardon audio, radar enabled safety systems — the works.

When it comes to the backseat, its a bit of a squeeze getting in because the door apertures are narrow. But once you’re inside, there is actually a generous amount of knee room and headroom for such a small car. The bench lacks a bit of thigh support, aggravated by the fact that the floor is high but that aside, the rear is a fairly comfortable place to be.

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review : Performance

Like every modern Volvo, the key is now a rectangular fob that you keep in your pocket (in fact, the car comes with three of them), but now you don’t even have to push a button to start the car; you simply push the lever into Drive and the vehicle comes to life. It takes some getting used to but works surprisingly well, and if you’re concerned about the safety implications of this, know that it only works if someone is sat in the driver’s seat, thanks to a sensor. The moment the seat is vacated, the car turns off; which is a bit annoying if you leave your passengers for a few minutes, as the AC switches off too.

Still, once you’re on the move, it feels very much like the petrol XC40 T4 at first. There’s a creep mode, which is a good sign for an EV, and responses to light throttle inputs are correspondingly gentle. You should know right at the outset that there are no conventional drive modes (save for an Offroad mode for low-traction situations), and also no way to control the degree of lift-off power recuperation. Instead, a few sub-menus into the touchscreen is the option of a ‘one-pedal driving’ mode. Activating this on the move immediately hauls you to a stop if your foot isn’t on the accelerator, as the regenerative braking is extremely strong. It takes a lot of getting used to, but it could be quite helpful around town if you like it.

All that aside, the moment you stomp down a bit harder on the accelerator, the XC40 Recharge Twin leaps forward vigorously. It sheds its weight and rockets ahead, to the point that you have to dial things back in order to maintain a respectable pace. On our trip from New Delhi to Neemrana Fort in Rajasthan, overtaking trucks on the highway required only restrained flexes of the right foot. The performance can be addictive, particularly given the small footprint it’s packed into, and flooring it all the way will pin you back into your seat, at an almost sportscar level.

The Volvo XC40 offers a 78kWh battery that offers a range of 418km on the WLTP cycle. The Volvo XC40 Recharge is available in its ‘Twin’ version which is the higher spec variant and offers two electric motors. The XC40 Recharge offers a power of 408hp and a peak torque of 660Nm. The XC40 Recharge can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 4.9 seconds.

The company offers 11kW wall-box charger with the car. The car gets a three-year warranty while the batteries get a warranty of 8 years. There is also an availability of 50kW fast charger as well as an 150kW DC fast charger. The 50kW fast charger can fully charge the battery in a time period of just 2.5 hours. On the other hand, the 150kW DC fast charger can charge the battery from 0 to 80 percent in just 33 minutes (according to Volvo).

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review : Riding & Comfort

The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric doesn’t have adaptive suspension (it’s not even offered as an option). That’s fairly unusual for a premium electric SUV, but the XC40 is one of the more comfortable options in the class anyway.

It’s smooth and settled at motorway speeds, and slicks tidily over scruffy town roads as well. Hit a mid-corner pothole or expansion joint and there’s a harsh jolt that the lighter, conventionally powered petrol XC40s would absorb with less fuss. Still, it doesn’t disturb the car’s grip on the road, and by the standards of electric cars the XC40 Recharge is comfortable, even on big, 20in wheels.

Being tall and heavy, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric leans a fair bit through corners, and while it has lots of grip and an abundance of performance, it still feels most at home in relaxed driving. Sure, you can have fun slinging it gamely through corners at fairly remarkable speeds, but there’s no real sense of the XC40 Recharge even trying to be a fun, involving sports SUV so much as a composed, confident family SUV with comical straight-line gusto.

The light steering in Normal mode feels a touch vague even around town, but if you go to the driver assistance menu and select ‘Steering feels firm’, it’s beefed up considerably. We’d be tempted to leave it in that setting all the time. Regardless of the mode, the XC40 Recharge is an assertive yet easy car to drive in any situation. Just don’t expect it to be as much fun as a Jaguar I-Pace or Ford Mustang Mach-E, nor as mind-bogglingly grippy as the Tesla Model 3 Performance.

Our Opinion

The Volvo XC40 has taken the Drive Car of the Year Best Small Luxury SUV two years in a row, so as a base for moving to an electric car, it’s pretty hard to beat.

As a car, the XC40 is stylish, well built, well-featured and importantly, it carries a sense of ‘specialness’ that buyers want in a prestige SUV. All of this translates exceptionally well to the electric platform, with the optionless purchase only making this an even more appealing proposition.

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