Volvo has a pleasant surprise in store for us with the new 82 kWh battery fitted to the C40 and XC40. These electric models now offer an exceptional basic range.
Volvo C40 Recharge // Source : Volvo / Aroged
While waiting for the arrival of the EX90, replacing the XC90 formalized in November 2022, but also the EX30, a very promising small SUV, the XC40 and the C40 Recharge are worth the detour. Indeed, Volvo has launched a new version called Extended Range, equipped with a larger battery of 82 kWh (instead of 69 kWh).
Record autonomy for their category
We did not know the autonomy in the WLTP cycle of this major change, Volvo has just communicated the results of the official approvals with the WLTP measurement cycle. So, the XC40 Recharge Extended Range version offers a WLTP range of 573 km. This version is equipped with a single engine of 252 hp. The four-wheel-drive Twin version (408 hp) also benefits from the 82 kWh battery, which gives it a range of 537 km.
The C40, the XC40 coupe version, even goes up to 582 km (always in Extended Range version). Same observation for the Twin version which also has a greater autonomy, ie 550 km.
In addition, the XC40 now has an entry ticket of 46,990 euros in the Extended Range / Essential version. With the 5,000 euros (or 7,000 euros depending on your income) of the ecological bonus, the XC40 and C40 therefore offer excellent value for money for motorists wishing to invest in a top-of-the-range electric vehicle. However, the Essential finish does not include certain functions that could be practical, such as radars (front and rear) and the reversing camera (Start option for 1,250 euros).
For comparison: the Model Y Propulsion offers “only” 455 km for a similar price. On the other hand, the C40 is sold at the base price of 51,890 euros, so you will not be entitled to any ecological bonus.
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