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Volvo C40

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Volvo C40

(2022 - present)

    Summary


    The Volvo C40, also referred to as the C40 Recharge, is the coupé-SUV version of the XC40 Recharge SUV, and the first model range in the Swedish brand’s line-up to debut as a purely electric model.

    The five-door C40 range consists of two power levels, the single-motor version with a smaller 69kWh battery and a dual-motor variant with a 78kWh battery – the same powertrain options available with the XC40 Recharge SUV. Volvo claims that the C40 in dual-motor form can travel a maximum of 273 miles on a full battery.

    The Volvo C40 has received mixed review scores from the British motoring media, with many reviewers critical of the the price tag for the dual-motor version, which was the only version available to order at launch.

    Volvo has since added the cheaper single-motor models to the C40 range, but the general consensus among journalists is that, even at entry-level price, the C40 does not make much financial sense.

    “Looks aside, there’s nothing really to recommend it over the cheaper XC40 Recharge”, Car comments, while Top Gear adds, “If you want a wilfully different electric crossover where practicality takes a slight backseat, Sweden already does a wholly convincing one of those, and priced from under £40,000 too. It’s called the Polestar 2.”

    Auto Trader recommends that UK buyers consider rivals like the Audi Q4 e-tron and Hyundai Ioniq 5 instead, as those models are more affordable and have a longer battery range, while Parkers conclude that better performance can be found in the Tesla range for the same price.

    That said, reviewers conclusively agree that the C40 has considerable driver’s appeal – a strong performance package that can travel from 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds – slightly faster than its SUV brother thanks to its more aerodynamic sloping roofline. A majority of UK outlets were also enthused by the C40’s interior quality, generous levels of on-board tech available as standard, and practical cabin features.

    As of November 2022, the Volvo C40 holds an Expert Rating of 60% based on 17 reviews published by the UK media. That makes the coupé-SUV the lowest-scoring Volvo model in our Expert Rating Index, five points behind its XC40 Recharge sibling.

    This is a brand new model and we expect to see further UK-based reviews published in coming months – especially for the newer single-motor version – which could push the rating up or down by a few points.

    C40 highlights

    • Generous levels of on-board tech as standard
    • Attractive exterior styling
    • Strong performance
    • Comfortable and refined interior
    • Low running costs

    C40 lowlights

    • Undercut by a number of talented rivals
    • Limited rear visibility
    • So-so battery range
    • No traditional PCP finance
    • XC40 Recharge is cheaper and more practical

    Key specifications


    Body style: Small coupé-SUV
    Engines: electric, battery-powered
    Price: From £44,800 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2022
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: May 2022
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 92%
    Child protection: 89%
    Vulnerable road users: 70%
    Safety assist: 89%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of November 2022, the Volvo C40 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the C40 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

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    The Volvo C40 is a coupé-SUV that is both pleasant and potent on the move, but its price tag is too expensive for it to be a sensible choice.Volvo C40