Do you prefer your electric vehicles to have a little Scandinavian flair to them? Worry not as Volvo Philippines finally introduces its pair of EV twins—the XC40 Recharge P8 Twin and the C40 Recharge P8 Twin. And no, please do not associate them with China just because the brand is owned by Geely Group; these cars are manufactured in Malaysia.
Choosing between the two shouldn’t be a challenging ordeal, as Volvo made it extremely easy. All you have to do is choose between two body styles, and they both even come in the same four colors: Fjord Blue, Crystal White, Vapor Gray, and Sage Green.
Both feature the same “Thor’s hammer” Pixel LED lighting, “frameless plate” grille, and 19-inch, five-spoke wheel designs. You only have to choose whether you prefer the sleeker coupe-like roofline of the C40 or the traditional crossover design of the XC40.
They also have the same five-seat interior covered in black “premium textile” upholstery all over with electrically adjustable front seats. The C40 features a fixed panoramic glass roof, while the larger XC40 has a standard panoramic sunroof that can be opened up.
There is a 31L front trunk, and opening the power tailgate gives access to the 545L cargo bay that can be expanded to 1,295L with the rear seats folded for the XC40. Meanwhile, the C40’s cargo capacity comes in at 489L and 1,205L with the rear seats folded.
Standard tech includes a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a nine-inch portrait screen with built-in Google Services (Apple CarPlay is still supported), a 13-speaker Harman Kardon Premium sound system, a wireless phone charger, and even a built-in air purifier.
Being Volvos, they come chock-full with safety features and driver assists. Usual suspects like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, parking assist, and a 360° camera are present, but the automaker ups the ante with such features as Pilot Assist, traffic sign recognition, and slippery road alert.
The “twin” part in the name refers to a twin-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain that’s capable of churning out 408hp and 660Nm. The coupe-like C40 Recharge does the sprint to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds, while the XC40 Recharge makes it in 4.9 seconds.
More importantly, the C40 Recharge has a range of 549km, while the XC40 Recharge does 537km from the 78kWh (75kWh usable) lithium-ion battery. DC fast charging from 10% to 80% takes just 27 minutes, while AC charging from empty to full should take around seven to nine hours.
The cost for all of this Swedish technology? An introductory price of P3,990,000 for the XC40 Recharge P8 Twin, and P4,190,000 for the C40 Recharge P8 Twin.
The cars have an ownership package that includes a charger, a three-year comprehensive vehicle warranty, five-year roadside assistance, an eight-year battery warranty, and an unlimited digital update service for the vehicle’s software.