Focus on the 2022 Volvo C40, a sleek and stylish XC40


  • Exterior and interior styling takes center stage in Volvo’s new electric crossover.
  • Smart storage options and a powerful two-motor electric transmission make the C40 an attractive option for electric car buyers.
  • The C40 shares the practicality of the XC40 Recharge, but presents it in a sleek and romantic exterior inspired by the Swedish landscape.

    You can order the Volvo C40 Recharge in one of seven different colors, but it would be a mistake to choose any other than Fjord Blue. Not only is it fun to say, but it comes with a matching cerulean interior that pops out like the silk lining of a vintage overcoat. It’s the kind of fashion statement you don’t tend to see in cars below the level of a custom-built Rolls-Royce, and it’s a delightful change from the monochromatic minimalism we have been focusing on. are used to electric car cabins.

    Volvo C40 and XC40 models Charging at a charging station.

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    Choosing a car purely for the nice interior is not recommended, but if you were to go that route, you could certainly justify it on the C40. Even if you don’t go with the blue, the layout inside the C40 is the same innovative and tidy design we loved about Volvo’s first all-electric SUV, the XC40 Recharge. The seats are soft, roomy and leather-free, available in a soft wool upholstery or a mix of faux suede and faux leather micro-tech trim. The door panel pockets are large enough for a laptop, the wireless phone charger will house large and small cells, and if you prefer tethered charging, there is a small clip above the USB ports to help with keep the cord tidy.

    Everything in its place is a theme in the C40. There is a hanging hook for a purse or shopping bag in the glove box that folds up when not needed. There’s even a slot to hold a pen, three different slots for stashing parking tickets or other easily lost and often needed cards and papers, and a removable trash can in the console to get rid of the less essentials.

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    The rear seat has plenty of headroom, even with the roofline lowered, and the doors are attached to the exterior body of the car, to provide more room to mount or lift a child in a child seat. . The same exterior hinge approach was used for the rear hatch, to avoid any loss of rear space and to give designers an excuse to use small finned roof covers. Rear cargo space will be slightly, but not significantly, less than that of the square-roofed XC40, and the smart cargo hooks and retractable cargo cover we loved about this vehicle are also found in the C40.

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    If Volvo has followed some of the more typical car naming conventions, the C40 could be called an “XC40 Recharge Coupé” because it shares the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform and all-electric AWD powertrain. twin engine with this crossover, but it packs them under a sleek, curved roofline. Unlike the XC40 Recharge, which is also available as a gasoline SUV, the C40 is only available in an all-electric Recharge version. Either because the designers wanted to emphasize the change in personality from the straighter and squarer XC40, or because they thought the coupe was reserved for two doors, the C40 gets its own name.

    We weren’t able to drive the new model, but since we know it offers the same 402 combined horsepower as the XC40 on the same chassis, we can guess for sure that it will perform the same in terms of acceleration. , autonomy and pleasant and balanced driving. Volvo claims zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, a range estimate of 208 miles, and recharge times of 40 minutes to 80% for the XC40. We expect the same or a little better for the C40.

    A major move for Volvo with the XC40 Recharge, and now used for the C40, has been the development with Google Android Auto of an integrated operating system. Rather than simply mirroring a cell, drivers can log in with a Google ID and have instant access to Google maps, contacts, music, and voice recognition, with or without a phone connection. This is the same system used on the Polestar 2.

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    Fans of buttons and knobs may find the C40’s slick touchscreen interface unappealing, but it’s lovely, surrounded by a backlit textured trim that runs through the dashboard and around the front door panels. The design of this trim is based on topographic maps of Swedish Abisko National Park, in case you need a little fun for your passengers.

    Volvo is taking reservations for the C40 online now, with pricing and trim levels to be announced. We would expect a level at or above the XC40’s $ 55,085 starting point. Deliveries of the swoopy electric are expected in the first quarter of 2022.

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