Volvo’s slicker, swoopy, snazzier electric-only coupe SUV is arriving in Australia with a single- and dual-motor variant.
Starting from $74,990 to $82,490 before on-road costs, the 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge offers up to 434km of estimated driving range (WLTP), complete active safety assistance suite as standard, and available unique ‘topography’ map interior panels.
The C40 will join its popular Volvo XC40 Recharge conventional SUV twin in the third quarter (July to September) of this year in Australia, being $2000 to $2500 more expensive depending on the variant.
The Swedish company says it is on track to arrive Down Under by the end of September 2022 with order books opening soon via its website.
Size and design
Based on the internal combustion-based Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) shared with the Volvo XC40 and Polestar 2, the Luqiao-made C40 features a unique sloping rear hatch with stretched segmented rear taillights, ‘Volvo’ lettering strewn and a small spoiler compared to its traditional XC40 twin.
Inside, the C40 crossover is the first model from the Swedish brand to be completely leather-free, with the top-spec Recharge Twin boasting a ‘microtech’ and textile interior with backlit ‘topography’ map panels across the dashboard and door cards.
The rear row seats have two ISOFIX child seat points, can be folded in a 60/40 split, and there’s a carpeted 31-litre frunk.
Despite the raked rear, the Volvo C40 has an identical coefficient as the boxier XC40 at 0.32cd.
Range and powertrain
The two-prong line-up is mostly distinguished by its battery size and electric motors.
On the entry Volvo C40 Recharge, it has a 67kWh (usable) battery pack mated to a single front-wheel drive electric motor able to go from 0-100km/h in a claimed 7.4 seconds.
Meanwhile, the C40 Recharge Twin uses a 75kWh (usable) battery pack with two electric motors for all-wheel drive to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds.
It’s worth noting that Volvo Cars Australia only provided estimated WLTP range figures, with the single motor good for an 434km (estimated) and the dual motor able to drive an 420km (estimated) from a full charge.
The single-motor has a braked towing capacity of up to 1500kg or 1800kg for the dual-motor.
On a 400-volt class architecture, the single-motor C40 can charge at up to 133kW on a compatible DC fast charger, while the dual-motor C40 is capable of up to 150kW DC. Both models can juice up at a maximum of 11kW AC power and are based.
However, since the single-motor has a smaller battery capacity, Volvo claims it can recharge from 10 to 80 per cent in 32 minutes, compared to the dual-motor taking 40 minutes. The difference isn’t as wide, though, due to the latter’s faster DC charging capabilities.
Using the Android Automotive system, it can precondition the battery for optimum fast charging when a public DC charger is set in the Google Maps navigation. The C40 offers two regenerative braking settings – off or on for one pedal driving.
Safety and technology
While the C40 hasn’t been tested by ANCAP, it’s likely it’ll transfer the same five-star safety score from the Volvo XC40 under the less stringent 2018 criteria. It has, however, obtained the full five-star Euro NCAP rating under its 2022 regime.
All C40 models feature the full suite of active safety assistance technologies as standard. This includes front and rear autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind spot and rear cross traffic alert, Pilot Assist adaptive cruise control, lane keeping aid, and front and rear cameras and parking sensors.
Opting for the dual-motor C40 Recharge Twin gains a 360-degree surround view camera.
The pure-electric coupe SUV features a 9-inch infotainment display running Android Automotive software, with access to Google services like Maps, Assistant and soon YouTube with a 12.3-inch driver’s instrument cluster that can display full screen Google Maps.
But, Volvo only includes a four-year unlimited data subscription. The system is capable of receiving over-the-air software updates.
It currently lacks Apple CarPlay smartphone projection, but it is said to be coming in the future. All models also come with a Qi wireless smartphone pad.
As per all Volvo’s, the C40 is compatible with a connected mobile app, which allows owners to monitor charging status, set climate control, lock or unlock the vehicle remotely and more.
Price and models
C40 Recharge – $74,990 before on-road costs
The single-motor model comes with as standard:
- 69kW (gross) battery
- 19-inch five-double spoke black diamond cut alloy wheels
- ‘Origin’ interior decor panels
- Complete active safety assist technology suite (details above)
- 9-inch Android Automotive infotainment system with four-year data subscription
- 12.3-inch digital driver’s instrument display
- LED headlights and taillights with ‘Thor’s hammer’ daytime running lights
- Keyless entry
- Hands-free electric tailgate
- Two-zone climate control
- Air purifier system (filters up to 80 per cent of PM2.5 particules)
- Heated front and rear outboard seats
- Electric folding mirrors
- Fixed panoramic glass roof
- Auto dimming interior and exterior mirrors
- Power folding rear headrests
- Front and rear carpet mats
C40 Recharge Twin – $82,490 before on-road costs
The dual motor adds:
- 78kWh (gross) battery
- 20-inch Recharge five-spoke black diamond cut alloy wheels
- Microtech and textile interior
- Typography decor panels
- 360-degree camera system
- Harman Kardon premium sound system with subwoofer
- Standard paint – no cost: Black Stone
- Premium paint – no cost extra: Onyx Black, Fusion Red, Thunder Grey, Fjord Blue, Silver Dawn, Crystal White, and Sage Green
Warranty and servicing
All Volvo C40’s come with a five-year, unlimited kilometre vehicle warranty and an eight-year battery warranty.
There’s also eight-years of roadside assistance coverage, three-year/100,000km of free servicing, and maintenance visits are only required every 24-months/30,000km for the battery-electric SUV.
The Swedish company has a network of 33 service centres across Australia.
How does it compare to other EVs?
Figures by Danny Thai
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