The baby Volvo XC40 for 2022 comes in Recharge Trim as the fully electric version. It boasts a solid grill but remains an XC40 design wise in all other forms. Under the skin is nestled a 78 kWh battery pack that makes the XC40 recharge a spirted little SUV.
The battery pack is good for an estimated range of over 359 km on a single charge that offers a fast charge system that can bring the XC40 from 10-80% in just over 35 minutes.
The XC40 Recharge like its gasoline compatriot is not a cavernous beast. It has a compact cabin that is comfortable and nicely appointed, with high-quality materials and a range of advanced technology features, including a large touch screen display and a fully digital instrument cluster powered by Google OS. Seats are classically Volvo comfortable with ample support and adjustability. They are appointed with vegan materials, nor more leather folks, that nonetheless feels upscale, incorporating micro suedes to create texture and depth.
Under the proverbial hood, more like body, the XC40 Recharge is powered by a single electric motor that produces 402 horsepower and 486 lb-ft of torque. This provides for a smooth and responsive driving experience, with instant torque and brisk acceleration. Power is delivered through all four wheels and pushes the Recharge to 100km in 4.9 seconds.
Safety remains a top priority for Volvo, and the XC40 Recharge comes standard with a range of advanced driver assistance systems. These include lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and rear cross traffic alert, as well as a host of other features designed to keep you and your passengers safe on the road, like, 360⁰ cameras and Pilot Assist (Volvo’s semi-autonomous driving).
The XC40 Recharge is also designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, with a range of features that minimize its impact on the environment. For example, the car features regenerative braking, which captures energy normally lost during braking and puts it back into the battery, as well as a range of materials and production methods that are designed to minimize the car’s carbon footprint.
The primary competitors at this time are the Tesla Model Y, Mercedes EQC, and the soon to arrive BMW iX3 (sorry folks the iX1 will not be reaching our North American shores, at least not yet).
Overall, the 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a fully electric SUV that is stylish, efficient, and packed with advanced technology. With an impressive range, powerful performance, and a host of safety and environmental features, it is clear choice for those drumming a different beat. To be part of this unique group will set you back at least $73,900 CAD for the as pictured Ultimate Trim package. Later this year for 2023, those looking to be even bolder will have the option of looking at the more coupesque C40 Recharge Ultimate.