The intention is clear, for Volvo it is about positioning itself in the premium electric compact SUV segment before its competitors, whether American like the Tesla Model Y, or German like the BMW iX3. This strategy should enable the Swedish brand to continue reducing its CO2 emissions in the years to come.
4 wheels driving
The XC40 P8 Recharge has a high price of € 59,940 – from which we must subtract a bonus of € 3,000 reserved for electric models costing between € 45,000 and € 60,000 – but its technical sheet is up to its ambitions. The battery, made up of 27 blocks of cells (supplied by Korean specialist LG) to reach a total capacity of 78 kWh (of which 75 are actually used), adopts a complex shape to maintain the same habitability as the thermal versions: hollow cellar with feet at the rear and prominent in the central part to fill the transmission tunnel. The set weighs 500 kg and powers two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors of 150 kW (204 hp), one for each axle, which makes the P8 ”Recharge” a compact 408 hp SUV capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in just under 5 s, 4.9 s to be precise, not bad for a 2.2 ton machine!
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Externally, the P8 differs from a thermal XC40 only by its full grille and specific badges. Inside, the differences are also discreet, at least until the power-up which reveals a new interface running on Android. This operating system provides access to unlocking and starting via your smartphone, Google Assistant voice control, Google Maps mapping, and a remote update system. Habitability does not change. On the other hand, the rear trunk loses 16 liters due to a slight increase in its floor, a volume largely offset by the fitting out of a 31-liter front trunk which is very practical for storing the two charging cables provided.
40 minutes to 30 hours for a recharge
One is intended for a 10A domestic socket (to bottle-feed because a full charge will take more than 30 hours), the other for a wallbox, but the latter is limited to 16A (therefore to 3.7 kW for recharging in about 20 hours). 'hours). The cable making it possible to exploit the maximum power of the on-board charger of 11 kW (for a recharge to 80% in about 6 hours) is offered as an option at 355 euros. Please note that a 7.4 kW Schneider wallbox is offered by Volvo for all P8 orders made before the end of the year. The battery can accept a fast charge in direct current of 150 kW (from 10 to 80% of the autonomy in 40 minutes) provided to find the corresponding terminal. In this regard, Volvo is in the negotiation phase with Ionity but does not yet benefit from the status of partner which would open a preferential charging rate on a fast terminal.
Steering wheel in hand, the XC40 P8 is very convincing. The announced performances are there with enough acceleration to stick to the seat, at least up to 130 km / h, while the top speed is electronically limited to 180 km / h. The power distribution management between the two electric motors not only guarantees good traction, but also balanced behavior in bends, which proved to be very reassuring in the wet conditions of this grip.
Well calibrated "one pedal" mode
Well calibrated for the imposing mass of the P8, the damping of the sport chassis of the "R-Design" finish sufficiently slows down body movements while offering a good level of comfort. If the direction is not very communicative, even in the "sport" mode which makes it more consistent, the firm brake pedal and short stroke is pleasantly easy to adjust, which is still too rare for systems " by-wire "generally used for electric models. Better, a" one pedal "mode is also proposed, also well developed, since generating a vigorous regenerative engine brake but sufficiently decreasing at low speed not to cause The XC40 P8 should arrive in dealerships at the start of 2021.