What should I be paying?
This is perhaps the C40’s biggest stumbling block, at least until more affordable front-wheel-drive versions land. For what is ostensibly a sensible crossover, it feels a little overpowered and thus fairly expensive. Especially given it’s almost ten grand more than an XC40 Recharge. At least the BIK rate is just one per cent.
As we write, the range kicks off at a smidge over £57,000, for which you at least get everything except a retractable tow bar, the only cost option on a C40 Recharge Twin Pro. So the tasty 20in alloys, thumping stereo and sweet backlit trim are all thrown in. As well as 71 old Coke bottles.
Not buying outright? Volvo’s own ‘Care’ package starts at £729 per month on a three-year term, or £879 on an open-ended, three-month rolling contract. Pop it through a lease comparison site on a three-year, 10,000 miles per annum deal and it pops up at a whisker under £750, so this ain't a cheap car whichever way you cut it.
For reference, the most sensible XC40 Recharge starts at around £644 per month with the same twin-motor setup but a slimmer spec list. Play that game to its end and a base petrol XC40 is just £364 – showing the plucky confidence of Volvo's decision to make the C40 electric-only.
Stick to buying direct from Volvo and it can all naturally be done online.