Overview: Volvo’s sleek SUV marks the beginning of a new all-electric era – Gareth Butterfield

This is a bold step for Volvo. The attractive C40 Recharge is the first car offered by the firm which has no option of any internal combustion engine. Yes, not petrol, not diesel, not even hybrid. You can take any power train as long as it is electric.

And while you might think this car, with its advanced coupe-cum-SUV setup, is a great thing for the Volvo, it’s really just an XC40 recharge with a less boxy shape. And that’s a good thing, I’ve tried the XC40 recharge and it’s great.

One thing that stuck in my memory about the XC40 was not its range, or its excellent interior, or its lack of buttons, but its unnecessarily fast turning point. And it has been moved to C40.

Explain this with the precious twin motor system and you are flying a rocket ship. The numbers are pretty stupid – a 75kWh lithium ion juice throws in an electric motor at every axle with a total time of 402bhp and a 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds – but the numbers are just part of the story. Wait until you notice that the motors have accelerated and there is no need to worry and there is a flat torque curve. It is reasonably vivid.

There is a standard single motor version that you can choose from, which brings the power output to an extraordinary 231bhp but it not only increases the time from 0-60 to 7.4 seconds, but also slightly reduces the limit.

This, incidentally, cites 269 miles in the single motor version, while the twin could potentially cover 274. In either case, the threshold is negligible, but it will suffice for most EV buyers.

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And again, these would mean that you have to spend for these processes. In its purest form it will pay you back 47,000 or over 99 699 per month, but if you choose both motors and the Ultimate version you will only need to find over £ 60,000. ۔ High

But it’s pretty much a premium product. Although it can be argued that this is just an XC40 recharge in a pretty frock, by the way, its price is pretty much the same and you don’t lose as much practicality as you think.

Interior is a minimalist wet dream. There’s hardly a button, it’s all swipe and tap on the centrally mounted display. Even changing the driving mode is done with a few menu selections and now via a switch’s virtual panel.

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There is not even a start / stop button. As you sit down, the car starts its motors and you can drive or reverse and set off. Getting out of the car also gives power to everything, you get ready for a complete shutdown when you close the door.

At first, this sounds like a lot of hassle, but you soon get used to it and it makes you wonder why you need the “on” button first.

On the road, it obviously weighs two tons, but is hidden from this mountain of power. The grip level is fine, the ride is nice and comfortable, and it’s definitely not a sports car but it’s easy to keep on the road and is very safe everywhere except on the roughest surfaces.

The steering can be lightened with one touch, and you can also choose the “single pedal” mode, which uses heavy regeneration to slow down the car. Given its strength, it takes some skill, but once mastered, it is quite intuitive.

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Of course, the shape of the coupe compromises a bit in the rear seat space and visibility, but not as much as you might think. Overall the packaging is very smart, and I like the fact that there is a “frank” under the bonnet for storing cables. Many cars still provide space under the boot floor for them, so front storage makes more sense.

Seats, of course, are great. This is a Volvo after all, and interestingly, they are no longer available in leather. Most of the materials in the car are eco-friendly recycled fabrics and plastics and they will last forever.

So this is a good thing, with less dislike. The price will be a turn-off for some people, but it’s still a good thing at least, and you don’t really need a twin motor. You’ll want it, I know I will, but 402bhp is honestly a bit silly.

But then it can be argued that the concept of Coupe / SUV is a bit silly, and we still buy them. Volvo may be a brand known for making smart cars, but it’s good to know that it can turn its hand to the less traditional from time to time, and still make something really good.

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