It’s not worth kicking, cursing car manufacturers or complaining in the comments. The future of cars is electric. As much as you and I love combustion engines, their days are numbered. Volvo already knows this, so much so that it killed the XC40 hybrid in Brazil and is now only introducing an electric version. But is this good?
As a hybrid, the Volvo XC40 was the best SUV in its class. But now as an electric car, he has a more difficult mission: to convince people that a car that doesn’t drink gas is as viable and efficient as their SUV that drinks dinosaur water through straws. And honestly, even at R$409,950, it’s the ultimate electric car.
2 + 2 = 408
If before the Volvo XC40 ran well with its combined engines, now it is a real rule. Equipped with two 204 hp electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear, it delivers 408 hp and 67.3 kgfm of torque directly on the pavement like a sports car. To do this, it allows you to reach 100 kilometers per hour in a ridiculous 4.9 seconds.
That was the sport of Porsche and Ferrari back in the day. The force is so instantaneous that if the passenger is distracted by using his cell phone, it is quite possible for the device to fly towards his face (I admit that this has happened a few times with unsuspecting people sitting in the passenger seat).
Regardless, the XC40 hits with unparalleled speed and poise. Unlike some electric cars that do not know how to handle their own power, the Swedish SUV keeps itself in a perfect and stable line. Although he is a small mammal weighing 2,184 kg, he also has a good attitude in the corner.
The weight concentrated under the body makes it very stable, but the high roof and high suspension, typical of SUVs, make it less. It’s not a hatch and it’s not close in dynamics, but it’s a car that allows you to push a little more in corners without fear.
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As expected of a luxury car, especially a Volvo, the XC40 is a sanctuary of silence. First-class sound insulation keeps street, suspension and tire noise where it belongs: outside. Because it is electric, this step is quite sensitive, after all, the motor cannot cover external sounds.
The XC40’s best grip goes with this. The suspension is smooth and well tuned for road cruising and well tuned. Even because the 235/45 R20 tires complain and are difficult for tupiniquins burroqueiras.
The steering is heavy in the right measure, but it’s quick and offers plenty of confidence at high speeds and stability in maneuvers. Speaking of speed, the electric Volvo XC40 is limited to 180 km/h, like every new model of the Swedish brand. However, unlike his brothers, he gets up to speed very quickly and feels comfortable staying there.
You don’t just have to worry about autonomy: it’s 400 km announced by Volvo. But depending on your driving style, he can go further. The only problem is that freedom is registered on the instrument panel only under 20% load. To follow in real time, just through the multimedia center.
It was simplifying…
And it is the multimedia center that is the only major drawback of the Volvo XC40. It was born to be simple, after all, it has an embedded Android system and the Internet works all the time. But, he has not yet adapted well. In the first days of use, it crashed frequently, presented flaws to the point of unusability.
The screen froze when trying to make a call to the Volvo OnCall system. Then, every time the car was turned on, it asked for location authorization, deleted Bluetooth-paired mobile phones and took a long time to respond. The advantage, however, is that the XC40 brings instant internet updates.
But for that, he had to rest and not work at all for an hour and a half. It became a large paperweight, as I quickly stopped to buy a bottle of water. The warning came while driving and ignoring the information that the XC40 would be idle for 1h30 was its most annoying step.
After the update, however, all issues were resolved. The point is, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay aren’t in the new middle. In other words, answering WhatsApp by voice or using applications on your mobile phone that are not compatible with the integrated Android system are no longer possible. The advantage is being able to install some like Spotify and Google Maps.
With them connected to the car, it is possible to view the map directly on the instrument panel, while the multimedia center gives an expectation of what percentage of the battery will remain when reaching the destination of the map. The menus are a bit confusing at times, worth mentioning. But the screen has better definition and is faster. The former, however, was better.
time to think
One of the coolest features of the Volvo XC40 and which should always be mentioned is its interior. The brand was good at finding solutions for the cabin of a small SUV. It starts with the fact that the doors have large carpet pockets and space even for large bottles and notebooks. This was only possible because the speakers are inside the air conditioner vents.
All commands are convenient and easy to use. There is even a waste bin in the center console which has never been seen in other cars. The finish is neat and very well maintained, with soft to the touch surfaces and quality leather in every corner. The XC40 still has a front trunk and 31 liters.
But the rear trunk, with the electric opening, is worth mentioning. There is 414 liters of capacity on the flat floor with the cover and the seats lying down. It has a practical divider that, when installed, separates the space into two halves and also has a hook option for the pockets.
Performance goes further with the presence of adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function of pleasant operation, lane keeping assistant, sunroof, electric seats with driver’s memory (with mirror), audio system Harman Kardon, full LED headlights, automatic emergency braking, blind spot and traffic alert.
Today the electric car market has been limited to the high end. The proof is that the best-selling electric car in 2021 was the Porsche Taycan, which has versions over R$1 million. However, at R$409,950, the XC40 is well positioned between more expensive models such as the Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC and Jaguar I-Pace, and entry-level models such as the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe and Chevrolet Bolt .
Alone in its price range, it is the most balanced car among all electric cars sold in Brazil. It has good performance, good autonomy, a really refined finish, undeniably good looks (except for the ugly front grille) and a pleasure to drive. Truly the ultimate electric car. Unless you need a pickup truck.
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