New 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge ( Overview ). HIGHS
– Quicker than some EVs that cost more, attractive Scandinavian styling, interior storage cubbies are generously sized.
– Fastback design cuts into cargo space, infotainment interface needs refinement, other EVs can drive further on a full charge.
– It might have a slight styling edge over its squared-off sibling, but the C40 Recharge doesn’t quite measure up to other similarly priced electric SUVs.
Attractive exterior design
Powerful electric motors
Upscale, minimalist interior
Less range and slower charging than competitors
Poor rear visibility
Infotainment system needs polishing
– What’s New
New Core and Plus trim levels
New interior options
Climate package for Core and Plus models
New wheel options
Two-tone black roof discontinued
The 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge is as much a style statement as it is a mode of transportation. With dual electric motors, it’s quick, too. In our testing, the C40 Recharge tied with its EV sibling, the XC40 Recharge. The “C” in its name denotes its coupelike roofline, which compromises interior volume and rear visibility.
What the C40 Recharge lacks in practicality it makes up for in its driving dynamics. Brisk acceleration is met with a well-calibrated single-pedal driving setup. However, the suspension errs on the stiff side and the handling falls apart when pushed at a pace akin to the C40’s acceleration.
The interior is handsome, as well, with high-tech equipment like Volvo’s Google-based infotainment system and stylish touches like the backlit trim, which is made to look like the topography of Sweden’s Abisko National Park. We just wish the interior used more high-quality materials to match its beautiful styling.