The first benefit echoed by everyone who drove the Volvo was the electric mileage range, as it proved to be accurate and consistent with advertised statements. The team mentioned that the advertised range for some fully electric vehicles can be inflated compared to what is achieved with real world driving, therefore inducing range anxiety. This was not the case with the Volvo XC40. Furthermore, the comfortable and smooth drive was a huge tick from the team in the XC40’s favour.
Sean added the one pedal driving feature (which meant lifting off the accelerator would strongly engage the regenerative braking system to slow the car) was excellent for further seamless smooth driving. However, it was mentioned that this feature does require some bravery as it adds a new and strange element to the driving experience. I did personally use the one pedal driving and must agree with Sean’s statement of bravery, but after about 30 minutes of driving it was magnificent and in my opinion possibly the best feature of the vehicle. For myself it made driving totally effortless meaning you can enjoy every part of your journey.
The exterior design of the vehicle was highly admired by most in the office and even the unusual colour of Sage Green left an unexpected positive impression on the Agility workforce. The design is sleek and easy to look at with no harsh sharp lines, it does have the same design as its non-electric XC40 counterpart apart from the change to a solid grille for the fully electric models.
The all new Google integrated operating system was another feature that Sean believes Volvo have certainly got right with this new model. Sean currently runs a Volvo XC60 as a company car and likes that the new system allows the centre screen to be used fully for Google maps, previously only Volvos own navigation could be used with the full screen and Google maps was restricted to using only half the screen. The Google voice recognition system is also improved, being more sensitive and generally quicker.