Volvo C40 Recharge review: Volvo’s little electric rocket ship
More and more manufacturers are rolling out their second or even third generation of EVs, battery-powered cars rolling on chassis specifically designed to hold electric motors, not engines. Meanwhile, Volvo’s current EV offerings are still making do with the five-year-old CMA platform, which was designed to cradle everything from turbo diesels to lithium-ion batteries.
This would seem to be a major handicap, but when the resulting car drives, looks, and feels this good, it’s hard to count platform flexibility as a mark against it.
This is the Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Ultimate, a lengthy name for Volvo’s smallest EV. Just barely, though. It’s only a smidge smaller than the XC40 Recharge, the rear hatch cropped to provide the crossover-coupe styling that, to quote Mugatu, is so hot right now. Going C40 instead of XC40 loses 8.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity and 2.4 inches of rear headroom. In exchange, you get that fresher styling and a shot of personality that so many of today’s EVs are sorely lacking.