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Brand New Volvo C40 170kW Recharge Core 69kWh 5dr Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

12.3" Progressive Driver Display9" centre console portrait touch screen
Adjustable steering wheel forceBluetooth handsfree system
Cruise controlDriver alert control with lane keeping aid
E-callGoogle automotive services enabled entertainment apps, navigation with google maps, voice recognition with google assistant
Low speed exterior sound speakerOncoming Lane Mitigation
Power operated tailgateRear park assist
Speed limiterSpeed sensitive steering
Wireless/Inductive Mobile Phone Charging 

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

11 kW AC onboard charger7m 10amp charging cable with 3 pin plug and 4.5m 3 phase 32 amp type 2 / mode 3 charge cable
Electric front axle driveLithium-ion battery
Touring chassis 

Entertainment

DAB Digital radioHigh performance sound, 8 speakers/250W, front USB and 2 rear type C USB
Steering wheel remote infotainment controls 

Exterior Features

Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lightsAuto dimming interior mirror
Automatic headlamp levellingAutomatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
Boot spoilerColour co-ordinated front grille and surround
Dark tinted windows for rear door side windows and cargo compartmentElectric adjustable/heated/auto folding door mirrors
Fixed panoramic glass sunroofFront and rear electric windows
Front recharge tread platesHigh gloss black front and rear skid plate
High gloss black lower front bumperHigh gloss black window trim
Home safe and approach lightingRain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
Rear side wing doorsRear wiper
Roof antennaRoof spoiler
Visible VIN plate 

Interior Features

12V socket in front tunnel console2 zone electronic climate control and rear air vent with clean zone air quality system and pollen filter
3 bench rear seats in 2nd row3 spoke sports tailored steering wheel
60/40 versatile split folding rear seatA-pillar parking ticket holder
Bright metal luggage compartment thresholdCentre console cupholders and storage
Charcoal headliningExtended front seat cushions
Floor matsFront footwell illumination
Front headrestsFront load compartment (31 litres)
Front reading light and theatre lightingFront tunnel net pocket and integrated waste bin
Glovebox bag hookHeight adjustable passenger seat
Height/reach adjustable steering columnHeight/tilt adjustable driver's seat
High gloss black centre tunnel and centre screen surround decoIlluminated glovebox
Illuminated luggage compartmentIlluminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seatsLoad protection net
Multi directional lumbar supportRear armrest with cupholder
Rear headrestsSingle front passenger seat
Underfloor cargo storage 

Passive Safety

3 point rear seatbeltsCity safety includes pedestrain and cyclist detection, front collision warning with full and rear auto brake
Drivers knee airbagDual stage driver/passenger airbags
First aid kitFront and outer rear seatbelt reminder and pretensioners
Front seats SIPS airbagsHill descent control
Hill start assistInflatable curtain
Passenger airbag cut-off devicePower child locks on rear doors
Road sign information displayRun off Road Mitigation
Run off Road ProtectionSIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
Slippery road and hazard light alertStability and traction control includes spin control and corner traction control
Tyre pressure monitoring systemVehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
Warning triangleWHIPS whiplash protection system - front

Security

Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensorCare key with user defined top speed
Convenient entry and startKey integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
Locking wheel nutsPrivate locking for tailgate

Wheels

19" 5 Double Spoke diamond cut/black alloy wheelsTyre sealant kit + 12v compressor
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh69Battery Charge Slow kW7.4
Battery Charge Slow Percentage0-100Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)558
Battery TypeLithium-ionCharging Port LocationLeft Side Rear
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8Usable Battery Capacity67
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH22.3WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL20.8
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH2.8WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL3.0
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb442WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH415
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL442WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb274.6
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH257.9WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL274.6

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0 

Engine and Drive Train

CC1Gears1 SPEED
TransmissionAUTO 

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC0.0
Badge Power231Coin DescriptionRecharge 170kW
Coin SeriesCoreGeneration Mark1
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

Engine Power - BHP231Engine Power - KW170
Engine Power - PSTrueEngine Power - RPM4919
Engine Torque - LBS.FT243Engine Torque - MKG33.7
Engine Torque - NM330 

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelN/A

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front235/50 R19
Tyre Size Rear255/45 R19Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 DOUBLE SPOKEWheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1596Length4440
Wheelbase2702Width1910
Width (including mirrors)2034 

Weight and Capacities

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1205Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)413
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volvo C40 Recharge

Volvo's C40 Recharge shows the Swedish brand really getting into gear with its EVs. Jonathan Crouch takes a look...

Ten Second Review

Volvo knows it needs more SUVs. And it needs more electric vehicles. This C40 Recharge delivers both in one package and shows clearly the direction the brand is heading in the future. There's a base front-driven model. And a state-of-the-art fully-electric all-wheel-drive powertrain that offers a WLTP-rated range of 274 miles on a single charge and an output of 408hp. The drawback is premium pricing but otherwise, a lot of boxes seem to have been ticked here.

Background

Given that Volvo's been making overt noises about full electrification for a decade now, it's something of a surprise to realise that this C40 Recharge EV introduces the company's very first exclusively electric model line. Especially so since the Swedish marque is telling us that it will only sell full-electric models from 2030 onwards. As you might expect, the C40 borrows everything that matters from Volvo's very first all-electric model, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric. But clothes that powertrain with more unique styling and a more swept-back coupe-style silhouette. Think of the two models as something akin to what Audi already offers in this segment with its Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron SUVs and you'll be somewhere close to what Volvo is trying to do here. Like the XC40 Recharge, the C40 will be sold primarily online. And, as with that car, it rolls down the production lines of Volvo's Belgium factory in Ghent.

Driving Experience

There's a choice of EV powertrains. Most affordable is the single-motor variant, which powers the front wheels, comes with a 75kWh (usable) battery and offers a range of up to 269 miles. 62mph from rest takes 7.0s on the way to 99mph. The alternative dual-motor version uses the same battery has the same twin motor AWD powertrain used by the Polestar2. That means you get a 203hp electric motor on each axle, giving a combined output of 408hp and a 0-62 mph time of 4.7s, with a range of up to 274 miles (adequate but not especially noteworthy amongst rivals in this segment). There's a top speed limited to 112mph. At least the decent ride quality of the XC40 should be carried forward here as the C40 sits on the same MacPherson strut suspension set-up up-front, with a multi-link arrangement at the rear. As a driver, you get quite a commanding seating position. In any C40, 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. Other than that, no driving modes are provided, though there is a screen button to firm up the steering.

Design and Build

Though the C40 is created from the building blocks of its XC40 showroom stablemate, Volvo wanted to add in some extra athleticism and lightness to the silhouette, as well as some appealing extra details. So there's a sleek profile and a set of emblematic segmented vertical rear lights. Up-front, the signature Thor's hammer headlights are augmented with neat pixel LEDs which automatically adjust to light conditions and switch on and off independently to optimise the light pattern. As usual with coupe-style SUVs, there are really big wheels. Inside, the design is all about light and freedom of space. Which is why there's lots of glass and a big panoramic roof that enhances the airiness of the cabin. The interior features a signature 'Fjord Blue' colouring for the large swathes carpet that extend up from the floor to the sides of the centre console and the front doors. The dashboard and the front door panels feature backlit translucent graphics with a smart atmospheric three-dimensional effect. The C40 delivers Volvo's first leather-free interior, the main upholstery option containing naturally renewable wool fibres; the alternative uses a combination of suede textile (made of recycled plastic) and microtech material. There's plenty of room for two adults at the back - though it would be a squash with three. And the boot capacity is the same as that of the XC40, rated at 413-litres. Plus there's an extra 'frunk' area beneath the bonnet for the storage of charging cables, offering an additional 31-litres of capacity.

Market and Model

The C40 Recharge model comes with a choice of single or dual-motor powertrains and the brand's 78kWh battery (75kWh usable). Prices start from around £47,000 for the front-driven version, offered in 'Core', 'Plus' or 'Ultimate' levels of trim. The AWD model, priced from around £58,000, comes in 'Plus' or 'Ultimate' spec. Primarily, ordering will be online, though you can do that from a dealer showroom if you'd prefer to have someone guide you through the process. Rather than buying outright, the brand expects most customers to use its 'Care by Volvo' subscription options - there two, both with no deposit and both including servicing and maintenance. There's a 'Flexible' contract, which includes a 30 day trial period at the beginning and requires three month's notice before contract end. Or you can take out a subscription-based contract with a fixed 36 month tariff. The standard subscription rate gives you 6,000 annual miles and customers can top up their limit at the rate of £15 a month for each additional 2000 mile block, up to 10,000 miles, and then add £10 extra on top for the maximum limit of 12,000 miles.

Cost of Ownership

We've already given you this C40 Recharge model's operating range in our 'Driving Experience' section; a maximum of 269 miles for the single-motor model and up to 274 miles for the dual-motor version. These figures place this Volvo some way down the list when it comes to the range you can expect from a compact EV crossover with a battery of comparable size to this car's 78kWh power pack (75kWh usable). Thank this Swedish contender's portly kerb weight (around 2-tonnes) for that. Designers of other comparable rivals have done better in trimming off the kilos - and that shows in the projected range figures they deliver. A Tesla Model Y Performance Dual Motor manages 280 miles; a BMW iX3 delivers 285 miles; an Audi Q4 e-tron 50 quattro manages 295 miles; a Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor model (with exactly the same battery pack and powertrain as the C40 AWD) manages up to 298 miles; and a Ford Mustang MACH-E AWD 76kWh model delivers up to 335 miles. Even to achieve this Volvo's stated figure, you're going to need to make a lot of use of the 'One Pedal Drive' feature that maximises regenerative braking. Still, at least charging times are competitive. Overnight charging via a home wallbox will occupy around 8 hours. When out and about, if you come across a 150kW public rapid charger, you'll be able to replenish from 10% to 80% in just 32 minutes. There are of course, lots of taxation advantages in running an EV. With this one, as with its main rivals, you'll be rated at just 1% for BiK Benefit-in-Kind taxation for the first tax year of use, and at only 2% for the subsequent two years.

Summary

This model, in the company's own words, is 'the future of Volvo'. Over 75% of the cars the company sells these days are SUVs. In future, 100% of them will be EVs. But not yet. And certainly not at the kind of prices the Swedish maker is asking for this C40 Recharge in its current forms. For the time being, you can't help but feel that many of those who choose a C40 are people would have also been quite satisfied with the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric model it's based on. Volvo talks of the need for the kind of younger demographic who'll presumably find the C40's more coupe-style looks appealing. But then adds that it expects older folk to like it too. Ultimately, no one is quite sure how precisely the EV market is going to develop. But Volvo is keen to make sure all the bases are covered.

Performance
80%
Handling
50%
Comfort
70%
Space
60%
Styling
70%
Build
80%
Value
50%
Equipment
80%
Economy
60%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
50%

* Figures for fuel consumption, the CO2 produced, and/or the pure electric range are provided for comparative purposes only and are based on laboratory testing. The actual figures under real world driving conditions will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions, vehicle load and the health of the battery.

Representative contract hire

Monthly payment£559
Initial Rental£1999
Term (months)48
Cash price£44,800
Contract mileage32,000
Representative APR0%
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