Serving as the more fashionable counterpart to the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the 2023 C40 Recharge features a sweepback roofline and tweaked design cues to separate it from its boxier sibling. Design aside, the C40 Recharge shares almost everything else with its XC40 Recharge family, including its 402-hp electric powertrain, basic interior design and on-board tech features. The C40 Recharge has an EPA-estimated range of 226 miles, which isn’t quite as generous as its closest competitor, the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback which is EPA-rated to travel 242 miles on a full charge. However, the C40 Recharge is fast. While we’re not big fans of its Google-backed infotainment system, Volvo’s small SUV comes fully equipped with many of the Swedish brand’s most desirable tech features as standard.
What’s new for 2023?
The C40 Recharge range expands to include entry-level Core and mid-range Plus trims for 2023. Last year’s only Ultimate trims remain as the C40’s top model. The two new trims are available with an optional climate package, which includes heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and a heat pump to help keep the cabin cozy in cold weather. A new Charcoal Fusion cloth upholstery is available, as well as a wool blend option called Midnight Zinc.
Prices and which one to buy
We’d go with the mid-range Plus trim, as it adds plenty of equipment to justify its price increase above the entry-level core. Notable additions include a 360-degree exterior camera system, power-folding rear headrests, a power-adjustable passenger seat, a 12-volt power point in the cargo area, and an adjustable cargo floor for cargo space.
EV motor, power and performance
All C40 Recharge models come with two electric motors—one mounted in the front and one in the rear—that can deliver up to 402 hp; four-wheel drive is standard. This power source is also available in the boxier XC40 Recharge, as well as the Polestar 2 electric car. Predictably, the C40 Recharge drives much like its square sibling. On our test track, the C40 Recharge recorded similar results to the XC40 Recharge, including an identical 4.3 second zero-to-60 mph time. That’s faster than electric SUVs like the Audi e-tron and the Cadillac Lyriq, both of which start at a higher price point. The C40 Recharge’s ride is compliant and its handling composed, but it lacks the sharp steering and eager attitude that endears us to the more affordable Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Range, charging and battery life
Under the floor of the C40 Recharge lies a battery pack with 75 kWh of usable energy storage, which according to the EPA should deliver approximately 226 miles of driving range per charge. Speaking of charging, all C40 Recharge models are capable of 150 kW DC fast charging, which is said to deliver 80 percent charge in just 40 minutes. For those who plan to charge at home, it is also possible to connect the C40 Recharge to a 110-volt or 220-volt outlet, but charging times will be slower. On our 75-mph highway fuel economy routewe observed a highway range of 200 miles.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The EPA estimates that the C40 Recharge is good for 94 MPGe city and 80 MPGe highway, which is slightly higher than the XC40 Recharge, which is rated for 92 MPGe city and 79 MPGe highway. For more information on the C40 Recharge’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
The cabin of the C40 Recharge largely mirrors that of the XC40. This means a high seating position, smart storage solutions throughout the cabin, and high-end materials and finishes. Don’t expect to see leather upholstery on the options sheet, though: Volvo says the C40 Recharge is the first completely leather-free vehicle in its range. Also unique to the C40 Recharge are backlit trim panels on the dashboard and doors that light up to reveal an abstract representation of a topographical map. Another big difference between the C40 and XC40 models is the former’s more dramatic rear roofline. This coupe-like rake cuts into cargo space somewhat, but drivers are less likely to notice it and more likely to notice the much larger blind spots such styling creates.
Infotainment and connectivity
A touchscreen infotainment system using Volvo’s latest Google Android based infotainment system is standard and is capable of receiving over-the-air software updates. The system offers navigation through Google Maps and voice commands via Google Assistant. So far, we’ve found the new interface to be more responsive than Volvo’s outgoing Sensus system, but its on-screen buttons are smaller and harder to operate while driving. Additional apps are available for download through the Google Play Store. A digital gauge display is also standard, and the loaded Ultimate trim comes with a premium Harman Kardon stereo system.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Volvo includes a comprehensive set of driver assistance features as standard on the C40 Recharge, including lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking. Volvo also offers its lane-centering adaptive cruise control system on the Ultimate trim. For more information on the C40 Recharge’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features are likely to include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Standard lane departure warning with lane keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with a lane centering function
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
Volvo offers a well-rounded warranty package on its new cars, including a complimentary scheduled maintenance plan spanning three years or 36,000 miles. The C40 Recharge is also available as part of the Serviced by Volvo Subscription Servicewhich also includes insurance, a home charging station and an extended maintenance plan.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Battery components are covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Ultimate
Vehicle type: front and mid-engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
Base/As Tested: $59,845/$60,540
Options: Fjord Blue metallic paint, $695
Front motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 201 hp, 243 lb-ft
Rear motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 201 hp, 243 lb-ft
Combined power: 402 hp
Combined torque: 486 lb-ft
Battery pack: liquid-cooled lithium ion, 75.0 kWh
On-board charger: 11.0 kW
Transmissions, F/H: direct drive
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.6-in ventilated disc/13.4-in disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Zero All Season ELECT
F: 235/45R-20 100H M+S VOL
R: 255/40R-20 101H M+S VOL
Wheelbase: 106.4 inches
Length: 174.8 inches
Width: 73.7 inches
Height: 62.8 inches
Passenger volume: 96 feet3
Cargo volume: 18 feet3
Curb weight: 4763 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.3 sec
100 mph: 10.8 sec
1/4-mile: 12.9 sec @ 108 mph
Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Roll start, 5–60 mph: 4.4 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.3 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 115 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 178 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 359 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 0.82 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
75 mph highway range: 200 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 87/94/80 MPGe
Range: 226 miles
C/D TEST EXPLAINED
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