Car review: Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Audi e-tron has an amazing battery – the range doesn’t reduce as quickly as in some other electric cars, but the e-tron (due to its heavy weight, around 2,500 kg) feels cumbersome while driving. conduct. It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, which is sluggish in terms of a luxury electric car.
The Jaguar I-Pace is an athlete of a car – at around 2,200kg it’s lighter and has a furious acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds, but in doing so the range drops faster than Jofra Archer’s thunderbolts.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge balances it all out: it weighs around 2,200kg, accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and, when launched in July, could be much more affordable than the two cars above . We drive it.
What is the XC40 recharge?
It is Volvo’s first electric car, developed on the manufacturer’s smallest SUV, the XC40. It has a 78 kWh battery, a WLTP* range of 418 km, and its two electric motors together develop 408 horsepower and an impressive torque of 660 Nm. Among the luxury electric cars available in India, it is the smallest – the trunk is small – but has decent cabin space for five adults.
How does it ride?
The XC40 Recharge is incredibly fast. Not only will it overwhelm you, but it can also make some occupants nervous. This extreme acceleration is not only from 0 to 100 km/h but from any speed at any speed. The brakes are just as powerful and provide a feeling of security and control.
When you take your foot off the accelerator pedal, the XC40 Recharge decelerates very quickly, almost mimicking conventional braking action, and to accelerate you just have to press the accelerator. This way it can be driven all day without using the brake pedal at all. One-pedal driving actually increases the range of the car. When you release the pedal, a technology called “brake energy regeneration” transforms the mechanical energy of the wheels into electricity and then stores it in the battery.
What is the actual range?
We drove it from Delhi airport to Neemrana (in Rajasthan) and back, a total distance of 210 km. We started at 95% battery capacity and came back to 50% charge. A bottom-of-the-box calculation shows that if driven efficiently (acceleration or braking not too hard), the XC40 Recharge can travel around 450 km or even more on a full charge.
How much will it cost?
It will launch in July and customer deliveries will begin in October, but we have an indication of the price given how competitors have priced their electric cars. For example, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is priced at Rs 62-68 lakh and the EQC (of similar size) is priced 70% more, at Rs 1.06 crore. The Audi Q5 is priced at Rs 60 lakh and the e-tron (similar in size) is priced 70-75% more. Using similar logic, the XC40 Recharge is expected to cost around Rs 75 lakh (75% more than the Rs 45 lakh petrol XC40).
Is it better than the Tesla Model 3?
It’s not a fair comparison, given that Tesla doesn’t sell in India, but where the Volvo shows up better is in all that joy of driving. Having driven the Model 3 in the US some time ago, we know that Tesla is more of a tech gadget than a car – there are so many gadgets inside it takes some getting used to – while that the Volvo is more of a driver’s car. It’s electric, it’s advanced and it’s connected to the past when it comes to pure driving pleasure.
*Range is calculated using WLTP, or Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure, a laboratory test
Autonomy: 418 km
Power: 408 hp
0-100 km/h: 4.9 seconds
Speed limit: 180 km/h (Its price will be announced in July, and customer deliveries in October)