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Review of the 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge: A Fantastic Electric SUV

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The Volvo XC40 has been a favorite in the compact luxury SUV category, and Volvo has taken it to the next level with the introduction of the all-electric XC40 Recharge. This electric version adds some much-needed performance to Volvo’s smallest SUV.

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

Externally, the XC40 Recharge closely resembles the standard XC40, featuring subtle changes like a closed-off grille, new wheel designs, and the removal of exhaust tips. Volvo has retained the stylish exterior design that we admired in the XC40, ensuring that it maintains its attractive appearance compared to the regular version.

Inside, the black interior boasts a blend of Nappa leather and suede-covered seats. Similar to the exterior, the interior of the XC40 Recharge is almost identical to the gas-powered models. The main distinction is the absence of a start button or knob. Instead, the electric XC40 automatically powers on when your key is nearby. Simply engage drive, and you’re good to go.

The XC40 Recharge comes equipped with Volvo’s latest Android Automotive operating system, which enhances the infotainment system with its 9-inch touchscreen. As an Android-based system, it features Google Maps as the default navigation tool, surpassing what is offered in rivals of the XC40 Recharge. Upon entering your destination, the navigation system estimates the range required, ensuring you have sufficient charge for the trip. It also offers rerouting options if a charge stop is necessary mid-journey. Additionally, the 12-inch gauge cluster can display Google Maps directly in the driver’s line of sight. The XC40 Recharge receives over-the-air updates to keep the Android Automotive system current.2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

Beneath the surface, the XC40 Recharge boasts dual electric motors that deliver a combined 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. This is a significant improvement compared to the XC40 T5, which has 248 hp and 258 lb-ft. Volvo states that the XC40 Recharge can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, outperforming the T5 version by a considerable margin.

As expected, the XC40 Recharge accelerates effortlessly, thanks to its instant torque that makes take-offs exhilarating. The powertrain feels more polished compared to the regular XC40. The one-pedal drive mode is a standout feature, and due to its lower center of gravity than other XC40 models, the Recharge exhibits reduced body roll. The suspension strikes a good balance between comfort and sport, offering a smooth ride, and the steering is precise. While the XC40 Recharge has the power to excel as a performance vehicle, the focus remains on comfort in terms of suspension tuning.

The XC40 Recharge is powered by a 78-kilowatt-hour battery pack, with 75 kWh of usable capacity. According to the EPA, it offers a driving range of 223 miles, which falls slightly short compared to some electric crossover competitors like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Tesla Model Y. Utilizing a 150-kW DC fast charger, the battery can be charged from 0-80% in just 37 minutes.2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review

The XC40 Recharge is offered in three versions: Core, Plus, and Ultimate. Pricing starts at $52,795, inclusive of destination charges. The standard features include 19-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, the 12-inch gauge cluster, and the 9-inch touchscreen.

The Plus version, priced $3,600 above the base price, includes a 360-degree surround-view camera, parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, and power-folding rear headrests. Additionally, a Climate package is available for the lower two versions, incorporating a heated steering wheel, heat pump, heated rear seats, and a headlight cleaning system.

The Ultimate version, priced $6,450 higher than the base model, adds adaptive cruise control, 20-inch wheels, heated rear seats, a heat pump, and a Harman Kardon audio system.

In conclusion, the XC40 Recharge enhances the already appealing regular XC40 with its potent fully electric powertrain. Volvo has elevated this model and improved upon its predecessor, making it a winning choice.

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