Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $59,845 (Base model: $59,845)
Seating Capacity: 5
Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; blind spot information system; run off road mitigation system; lane departure warning system; all-wheel drive; a 360-degree camera; a headlight high pressure cleaning system; and a tire pressure monitoring system
Optional Features On Test Vehicle: None
Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 14-speaker, 640-watt Harmon
Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes
USB Connectivity: Yes
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles
Battery Warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles
Wear Coverage: 4 years or 40,000 miles
Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbo/402-hp
What’s New: Volvo’s compact crossover is an all-new body and design for the 2022 model year. It’s the latest entry to be added to the brand’s growing portfolio.
An all-electric vehicle
A 229-mile driving range
Powerful 402-hp engine
The vehicle quietly starts and shuts off handsfree, without touching the ignition starter
Co-pilot assist autonomous driving feature
A radar activated cruise control system
A forward-thinking interior layout with a touch of sophistication
Storage compartment underneath the traditional hood
A fixed panoramic roof – gives the illusion of more space
Google assistance can be utilize to operate the infotainment system
A high end audio system creates a concert sound
A high level of automated driving systems
Heated front and rear seats
A one pedal drive system savings on braking and acceleration
4 year or 40,000 miles wear coverage
There was a glitch in the electronics. One day the vehicle wouldn’t accept a level 2 charger, the rear camera and the audio system were inoperable. The C40 Recharge was definitely in need of a software update.
Impaired rear visibility due to hatchback like design
Smaller electric battery leads to an usually longer charging time
Needs to add more driving range
Limited cargo area with rear seats in use
A manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel (in a luxury brand)
Leather seats unavailable
A non all-wheel drive model will aid in lowering the cost
Verdict: The C40 Recharge is Volvo’s first vehicle that was designed specifically for electrification. The well-equipped all-electric compact crossover, with a 229-mile driving range, was outfitted with every standard feature one would expect from the Swedish brand, ranging from a co-pilot assist steering system to a one pedal driving system, combing both brakes and accelerator, to heated rear seats.
The stylish crossover is outfitted with an all-wheel drive system. In fact, we found the C40 Recharge to be so technologically advance, it’s the first vehicle we’ve driven that didn’t require us to activate the ignition starter to start and shut off the vehicle. Go figure. This is a must have we require on all EVs we review henceforward.
Moreover, the vegan free, five seater, with its high-end audio system, was powered by an electrified, no pun intended, 402- horsepower engine.
Conversely, while we know it takes an unusual amount of time to recharge an EV, we found that the C40 Recharge was longer than usual. Added to that, Volvo’s engineering team needs to expand the driving range of the C40 Recharge, making sure its on par with its competitors.
Lastly, during a 24-hour period behind the wheel of the C40, with less than a quarter of electric driving range remaining, we were unable to recharge the vehicle using several Level 2 chargers. Yes, we actually tried using four different charging stations, within in a 5-mile radius, and the C40 Recharge charging application wasn’t syncing with any of them.
Initially we thought there was an issue with the external charging pumps and stations. Yet, we immediately realized that wasn't the case. Added to that, the audio system and the 360-degree camera, which are interconnected, stopped working too. Being that this occurred on a Saturday afternoon, we actually found ourselves in panic mode, thinking we would have to make arrangements to tow the vehicle to the nearest Volvo store Monday morning. In fact, we were too far away based on our driving range to take a road trip to the nearest Volvo dealer for service assistance. Ironically, the next morning, the vehicle operated as designed. Everything was working again. Whatever bug was in the system, it disappeared.