Volvo XC40 Recharge owner shares his experience after a highway drive

Everyone who's gotten into the SUV appreciates its understated Scandinavian design elements.

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Just a couple of observations from my experience:

  1. One-pedal is amazing! I turned it on a week ago and I'm going to struggle even with AT on other cars now. The fact that you modulate a single pedal for acceleration and breaking and the software figures it out leads to an improvement over AT.
  2. I undertook a drive to Lonavala over the weekend and was happy to find a charger as soon as I entered Lonavala outside a wax museum. Mapro's, where we went to eat fresh strawberries later also had several chargers.

I think charging will rapidly become a way for restaurants, and businesses to gain a little extra business alongside attracting customers to the business in the first place. Charge the car while you eat! So I don't expect too much range anxiety.

Overall, everyone who's gotten into the car appreciates the understated Scandinavian design elements - from the air vents to the backlit 'panel' design around the dashboard. The interfaces are almost boring to someone that likes bling but I find it perfect.

The Android system is uncluttered, and the app store is currently sparse but it has everything you would need for entertainment on a long drive. I'm looking forward to the Amazon Music app being available (it already is in the US).

I've started using voice commands for changing things while driving and it seems to work fine. With Google working on this car closely with Volvo, I feel they've tried hard so that most features are available over voice and you shouldn't need to mess with the central console - safer that way. And by using the voice command button on the steering wheel, you don't have to do the "OK Google" thing either.

Here are a few sites to help you get familiar with the language that voice commands respond to:

  1. Volvo
  2. XC40 Forum

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