Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Ultimate 2022
To classify: Electric vehicle
Miles traveled: 400
Battery capacity: 78kWh
|Room and comfort||B+|
|Power and performance||A|
|Fit and finish||A|
|Report card ratings are derived from a consensus of test rider ratings. All qualities are compared to other vehicles of the same class. The value rating is for a specific trim level rated and may not reflect the Consumer Guide’s impressions of the entire model range.|
|Great and great comfort|
|Big & Tall comfort ratings are for the front seats only. “Large” rating based on a male tester weighing approximately 350 lbs., “Large” rating based on a 6’6″ tall male tester.|
|Engine specifications||402 horsepower|
|Type of engine||2 electric motors|
EPA estimate MPGE: 92 city/79 highway/85 combined
Range estimated by the EPA: 223 miles
Consumer Guide Range Estimate (ideal conditions): 223+ miles
base price$58,150 (not including destination fee of $1,095)
Options on test vehicle: Special paint ($695), heated steering wheel ($150)
Price as tested: $60,090
Great: Better than expected passenger and cargo space in neat exterior dimensions; rapid acceleration; the interior looks and feels convincingly upscale
Good: Comfortable; young but sophisticated style
The not so good: Complicated infotainment system; not quite as much range as some EV rivals, steering and handling uninspiring
New to the Volvo US lineup for model year 2021, the all-electric XC40 Recharge gets a number of updates for model year 2022. You can read our full 2021 model report here.
For the new year, the XC40 Recharge is offered in three new trim levels: Twin, Twin Plus and Topline Twin Ultimate. Only one trim level was offered in 2021. Range is also improved for 2022. The 2021 XC40 was rated by the EPA to go 208 miles on a full charge, the 2022 is now rated at 223.
In Consumer Guide testing – during a period of battery-friendly mild temperatures – we saw range estimates of up to 280 miles, believable results based on our assessment.
Our top-of-the-line Twin Ultimate benefited from a premium cabin, trimmed with high-quality materials and plenty of soft-touch surfaces. Indeed, the entire driving experience is refined, with ride quality, sound levels and audio system performance worthy of luxury vehicles costing far more than our test car.
As we’ve noted in the past, the XC40 Recharge isn’t particularly sporty, with a lifeless steering feel and considerable lean into corners. That said, Volvo’s small electric crossover is fast, very fast. It’s fast from a stop and around town, and makes it easy to pass and merge tasks.
A big plus is the spacious cabin of the XC40. Our tall and tall test riders found the Volvo to be easy to get in and out of and comfortable even when traveling.
Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Ultimate Gallery
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