Volvo XC40 – good things take time?

The market launch of the XC 40 was the beginning 2018 and I still remember how Volvo 2019 then announced a fully electric model, the only one Hook: The model should end first 2020 come. Now 2021 we finally had the opportunity at a press driving event to see the XC 40 Recharge P8 AWD to test to assess whether the wait was worth it.

Volvo XC 40 Recharge technical data

If you look at the technical data of the XC 40 Recharge, then model 2 of the sister brand Polestar comes to mind. In fact, the battery and drive components of the Polestar 2 for the Volvo XC 40 served, which is also not surprising.

Capacity: 78 kWh
total Power: 300 kW (408 PS)
Max. Torque: 660 Nm
Type of drive: All-wheel drive (AWD) 2 motors
acceleration,
0 – 100 km / h:
4.9 s
Maximum speed: 180 km / h
Empty weight: 2220 kg
Power consumption
to 100 km (combined,
WLTP):
25, 0 – 23, 8 kWh
Range (combined WLTP): 418 km
Range (urban WLTP): 519 – 539 km

As I said, with regard to the electrical data, there is little surprise here. For charging at home, there is a 12 – kW on-board charger available.

The fact that the battery-electric Volvo XC 40 heralds a new era in active safety systems. So is the XC 40 Recharge the first Volvo model that uses a new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform that uses the software from the Swedish manufacturer Zenuity. The exciting thing about the ADAS platform here is that it is scalable and should be able to be further developed without any problems and thus should provide the basis for future autonomous driving technology.

In addition, the XC 40 Recharge also the first Volvo model that uses the new Android Automotive OS as the operating system for infotainment, which we will go into in more detail later.

Volvo has dispensed with a start-stop button. Thanks to the “Convenient Entry & Start System”, the Volvo unlocks the car when approaching and is ready to drive as soon as the driver gets in.

Volvo XC 40 Recharge Design

For the design of the XC 40 Little has happened for the new electric model. You have to look carefully to see that it is a BEV vehicle. The only features that allow conclusions to be drawn about the drive are the covered radiator grille in the vehicle color and the “Recharge” logo embossed in the C-pillar.

As is well known, you can argue about taste and that’s why I leave everyone up to the look of the XC 40 stands.

I personally like the design of the XC 40, especially the design details that run through all models such as the Thors-Hammer daytime running lights and the minimalist interior design.

Volvo XC 40 – Android Automotive OS

Personally, I’m very excited how the Android Automotive OS is developing. During my Polestar 2 test drive I was able to yes already collect some first impressions.

I really like the idea of ​​having an Android operating system in the car. In my opinion, whether Android Automotive OS will be a success depends on how many manufacturers get involved. One thing is certain: the more vehicles with Android Automotive OS are on the road, the more developers will develop exciting apps for them. A good example is Spotify, which now offers the possibility in your app that other users can log into the app on the car via QR code and have an influence on the playlist, see our news: Polestar 2 OTA update: Spotify with group session beta

Since one At Volvo, however, the design of the old models has been used completely, only a 9 ” display is available here as well. Unfortunately, this seems to have fallen out of time. I don’t think that the well-known line-like design has been adopted as a particularly successful adaptation, since the “widgets” in the homescreen offer no added value.

With all the waiting time, my opinion would have been here after more should be in there.

As a small glimmer of hope on the horizon I would like to mention that the 12, 3 ” large instrument display with its three selectable display modes well succeeded.

Volvo XC 40 – Conclusion first driving impression

Range? Who cares about the range of an electric car?

So or a similar question seems to have been asked at Volvo. If you get into the Volvo XC 36 and drives off, you quickly notice that you get a charge status display in percent, but not what the current range is.

I admit At first this irritated me a little when I started my test drive, but the more I drove the car, the better I liked it. Similar to internal combustion engines, the range is always very much dependent on the driving style. Electric cars in particular tend to be very volatile when calculating the remaining range. Just a few short “power surges” are enough to melt away the supposed remaining range, only to then increase again with a more moderate driving style. This volatile behavior is something that many electric car newbies are often very deterred. It leads to the fact that the range indicator is less trusted. For this reason I think the way the Volvo is going with the ad is very good. If you drive a long distance you use the navigation system anyway, which shows you the charging points and duration on the route and also the battery level with which you arrive at the destination. If the charge level falls below % the calculated remaining range is also shown in the display.

As far as actual driving is concerned, the Volvo XC 40 usual Scandinavian calm. When driving through town and country roads, I have a consumption of well below 20 kW / 100 km, despite one or two overtaking maneuvers. My impression is that the consumption should be better than the first glance at the WLTP value suggests.

I also have to praise the new driver assistance systems with the new ADAS sensor platform. Here the XC has 40 made a noticeable progress. Level 2 assisted driving also worked consistently well on the country road.

The big question is, has the long wait for the Volvo XC 40 Recharge worth it?

I admit the question is very subjective. For my part, I would consider the XC 36 for a typical and inconspicuous electric car. Unfortunately he can’t me t inspire. I would have liked a more progressive design and that the new infotainment system could be used more in the interior. Both of these are very similar to the usual Volvo models. This means that the car is more likely to be aimed at traditional Volvo customers who want to drive electrically than at electric car pioneers.

In addition, Volvo is very affordable for electric driving. With a starting price from 60. 000 € is the XC 40 Recharge not a bargain. The XC that I tested during the test drive 40 Recharge had a new price of over 70. 000 €. Volvo plans to bring cheaper models to market here in the near future. For my part, I would have liked this Volvo to be on the market much earlier. I still have the feeling that the XC 40 1-2 years ago could have made significantly higher waves.

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