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The Volvo C40 Is An Electric-Only Hatchback With 400bhp

Volvo has finally revealed its V40 successor - the electric-only, high-riding C40 Recharge

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It’s taken a little while, but Volvo has finally replaced the V40 hatchback which went off sale in 2019. Well, kind of - the ‘C40 Recharge’ is a very different car to the one it indirectly succeeds.

As the name implies, it’s fully electric, and also the first Volvo-branded model to entirely eschew internal combustion. It’s also not a traditional C-segment hatchback either, with much more of a crossover vibe, apparently because customers will be after a lofty driving position. We’re surprised Volvo didn’t follow the herd and call this an ‘XC40 Coupe’ or similar.

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The other thing that sets it apart from the old V40? It’s enormously fast. The only powertrain available from launch will be the same ‘P8’ dual-motor setup used in the XC40 Recharge, which is good for a fairly silly 402bhp and 487lb ft of instant torque. Mash your foot on the go pedal from rest, and 62mph will arrive in a mere 4.9 seconds. The top speed meanwhile is limited to 112mph.

The motors are fed by a 75kWh battery pack which will give a range of 261 miles (WLTP), so long as you’re not trying to do 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds every five minutes. The range will improve over time thanks to over-the-air updates, Volvo says. Charging at the C40’s maximum input of 150kW, it’s possible to juice the battery from empty to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes.

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For anyone not bothered about being able to give a VW Golf R a run for its money away from the traffic lights, we suspect there will be less powerful and thus cheaper versions filling out the range at a later date. That’s a good thing since the expected starting price for the C40 T8 will be about £50,000.

Inside, it’s much the same as the XC40 Recharge, Google Android-based infotainment system. We spent some time with a similar setup in the related Polestar 2 and were left impressed, even if it commits the cardinal sin of ditching the physical climate buttons and dials for digital controls.

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Production will begin this Autumn at the Ghent, Belgium factory used to produce the XC40. UK deliveries may not begin until early 2022. It’ll be sold exclusively online.