TEST – We forget about leather in the new Volvo C40 Recharge!

The C40 Recharge is Volvo’s first all-electric crossover.

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The C40 Recharge is the first model from the Swedish manufacturer to be offered exclusively in an electric version. In the interior, Volvo has abandoned leather in favor of innovative materials.

Few car manufacturers approach electric mobility in such a committed way as Volvo. In four years, the Swedish manufacturer aims to offer an electric range that should bring battery models to 50% of sales and 100% by 2030. After that, heat engines and plug-in hybrids will be a thing of the past. regards Volvo. Earlier this year, the XC40 Recharge paved the way for zero-emission mobility. It is now followed by its cut derivative, the C40 Recharge. The quirky little brother is the first Volvo model to be offered exclusively in an electric version.

Visually, Volvo has given it a new face. The front of the C40 Recharge features a full grille and body-color surround and benefits from a contrasting black roof. Another novelty are the LED pixel headlights.

No leather in the cabin

In terms of the dashboard, the C40 Recharge differs very little from the XC40. The reduced layout with few buttons and switches embodies the clean Nordic design, with clear lines, but all in all very pleasant. Volvo is completely forgoing leather and relies on materials made from recycled plastics and MICROTECH textiles. The rugs were notably made from recycled plastic bottles.

Despite the coupe silhouette, the C40 Recharge offers enough room, even if the headroom is limited. Standard equipment includes a panoramic roof, which visually expands the interior space. The boot has a capacity of 413 liters and once the rear seats are folded down, the cargo volume is 1,205 liters. At the front, the hood also conceals an additional 31-liter compartment.

Due to its coupe silhouette, the C40 offers a little less rear space than the XC40.

Due to its coupe silhouette, the C40 offers a little less rear space than the XC40.

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In terms of the dashboard, the C40 Recharge barely stands out from its big brother.

In terms of the dashboard, the C40 Recharge barely stands out from its big brother.

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The trunk offers a capacity of 413 liters, or even 1,205 liters, once the rear seats are folded down.

The trunk offers a capacity of 413 liters, or even 1,205 liters, once the rear seats are folded down.

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You won’t find a start button in the C40. The vehicle registers whether the driver’s seat is occupied and whether the driver has the correct key in his pocket. Just sit at the wheel, step on the brake pedal and engage gear D to hit the road. Nothing’s easier! The C40 is fitted with a 150 kW electric motor on each axle, developing a total power of 300 kW (408 hp). The torque is 660 Nm and develops its full force at a moment’s notice, as is customary with electric motors.

A range of 444 km

Housed in the floor, the battery has a capacity of 78 kWh, allowing the C40 Recharge to travel up to 444 kilometers, according to Volvo, which also reports a consumption of 22 kWh / 100 km. On a fast charging station, the battery management software offers a direct current charging capacity of up to 150 kilowatts, which achieves 80% autonomy in 37 minutes. Ten minutes of charging are enough to obtain a new range of 100 kilometers. The C40 Recharge is available from 61,900 francs.

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