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Test Drive Gallery: 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Ultimate | The Daily Drive | Consumer Guide® The Daily Drive

Test Drive Gallery: 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Ultimate | The Daily Drive | Consumer Guide® The Daily Drive

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Ultimate

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Ultimate in Thunder Grey Metallic (a $695 color option)

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Ultimate

ClassElectric Vehicle

Miles driven: 400

Battery capacity: 78 kWh

CG Report Card
Room and Comfort B+
Power and Performance A
Fit and Finish A
Fuel Economy A
Value B-
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide’s impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big Guy B
Tall Guy B+
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. “Big” rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, “Tall” rating based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Drivetrain
Engine Specs 402 horsepower
Engine Type 2 electric motors
Transmission Automatic
Drive All-wheel drive

EPA-estimate MPGe: 92 city/79 hwy/85 combined

EPA-estimated driving range: 223 miles

Consumer Guide range estimate (ideal conditions): 223+ miles

Base price: $58,150 (not including $1095 destination charge)

Options on test vehicle: Special paint ($695), heated steering wheel ($150)

Price as tested: $60,090

 

Quick Hits

The great: Better-than-expected passenger and cargo room within tidy exterior dimensions; snappy acceleration; interior looks and feels convincingly upscale

The good: Comfortable; youthful-yet-sophisticated styling

The not so good: Complicated infotainment system; not quite as much range as some EV rivals, uninspiring steering and handling

 

CG Says:

New to the Volvo U.S. lineup for the 2021 model year, the all-electric XC40 Recharge enjoys a number of updates for the 2022 model year. You can read our full report of the 2021 model 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 improved for 2022 as well. The 2021 XC40 was EPA rated to travel 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 as high as 280 miles, credible results based on our evaluation.

Our top-trim Twin Ultimate enjoyed a premium-level cabin, trimmed in high-quality material and plenty of soft-touch surfaces. Indeed, the entire drive experience is polished, with ride quality, sound levels, and audio-system performance all worthy of luxury vehicles costing much more than our test car.

As we’ve noted in the past, the XC40 Recharge isn’t especially sporty, with lifeless steering feel, and demonstrating considerable lean in corners. That said, Volvo’s small electric crossover is fast—very fast. It’s quick from a stop and around town, and makes easy work of passing and merging chores.

One big plus is the XC40’s roomy cabin. Our big and tall test drivers found plenty the Volvo easy to get in and out of, and comfortable even on trips.

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