This is our in-depth review of the Volvo C40 vs Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric. We’re taking a look at Exterior, Interior and the driving experience. We will also show different colors in this video: Fjord Blue, Fusion Red, Crystal White Pearl, Silver Dawn, Thunder Grey and Onyx Black.
Automakers are understandably anxious not to let crossovers succumb to the miasma that doomed wagons and minivans. Call it the stink of being square, which turned those body styles into icons of messy familial rumpus. Luckily for carmakers, injecting insouciance into a people hauler seems to require nothing more than adding some degree of declination between the B-pillar and rear fascia. That’s how Audi creates its crossover Sportbacks, Mercedes and Porsche their crossover coupes, and BMW its even-numbered CUVs.
Volvo has joined that Germanic party with the C40 Recharge. The C still stands for “crossover,” the rake in the roof just making this the more dashing counterpart to the traditionally Swedish XC40 Recharge. The C40 Recharge sits on the same Compact Modular Architecture as the XC40 (said architecture also underpins the sister-brand
Polestar 2). The C40 Recharge is also driven by the same dual-motor, all-electric powertrain with 402 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque and juiced by a battery with the same nominal 78.0-kWh capacity, 75.0 kWh of it usable.