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Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric

The independent definitive Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric AWD video review
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    A BATTERY OF QUESTIONS (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Volvo's first full-EV was the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric model. Jonathan Crouch drives it

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 67

    The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is pretty much everything you'd expect a Volvo full-EV model to be. This fashionable battery-powered compact premium SUV features a state-of-the-art fully-electric powertrain that offers a WLTP-rated range of up to 274 miles on a single charge and the option of front-driven or 4WD models. The drawback is premium pricing but otherwise, a lot of boxes seem to have been ticked here.

    Backgroundword count: 169

    You might be surprised that it's taken so long for Volvo to bring us a full-EV: the marque was, after all, one of the very first to popularise Plug-in hybrid electrification in its cars. Or, conversely, if you know the industry, you might be surprised that this Gothenburg maker is selling any kind of EV at all. In recent years after all, this Swedish manufacturer's Chinese Geely parent company has dictated that development of full-battery power should be largely delegated to Volvo's all-electric subsidiary brand, Polestar. It seems not. Volvo wants (and needs in view of current European directives) to dramatically increase the sales percentage of its electrified models and that can't be done merely by concentrating on mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid engineering. Plus the XC40 sits on the same CMA platform used for the Polestar 2 model, so it was pretty straightforward to create a milkfloat mobility version of this little SUV. Mind you, with 408hp on tap, this car is a long way from milkfloat mobility...

    Driving Experienceword count: 224

    There are two variants on offer, both of which use a 75kWh (usable) battery. The base front-driven single-motormodel offers 231hp. The alternative AWD model offers the twin electric motor set-up (one on each axle) that we've already seen on the top version of the extremely rapid Polestar 2 EV sports saloon. There's 408hp on tap (yes, you heard that right), which seems like it'd be rather excessive for the needs of most likely customers, sprinting you to 62mph from rest in just 4.7s with more torque than you'd get in a Nissan GT-R super sports car - 660Nm of it, at which point, the motor's spinning at a heady 14,000rpm. The EAER driving range on offer isn't quite as good as some notable rivals. Volvo quotes a best of up to 264 miles for the front-driven model - and a best of 259 miles for the AWD version, figures which are a little down on those of an identically-engineered Polestar 2, that deficit being down to this XC40's boxier shape. To get the claimed mileage, you'll need to engage what the Swedish maker calls 'One Pedal Drive', selectable from the 'Driving' menu provided on this centre-dash screen. This dramatically increases the regenerative braking effect when you come off the throttle, to the point where, as advertised, the brake pedal will hardly ever be needed.

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    Max

    Price:

    £49,950.00 (At 23 Mar 2021)

    £60,005.00 (At 23 Mar 2021)

    Max Speed (mph):

    112

    0-62 mph (s):

    4.9

    Electric WLTP-Rated Driving Range (miles):

    260

    Length (mm):

    4425

    Width (mm):

    1863

    Height (mm):

    1658

    Boot Capacity (l):

    460

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Hybrid, Plug-in, Electric & Hydrogen

    Performance
    80%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    70%
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