Flexxilease employee William delivers and tests our vehicles, often choosing unusual and unconventional routes if it saves time and money. In this blog, Will discusses his recent trip delivering a Volvo XC40 and a visit to the pound!
To my surprise, when I sat down inside a Volvo XC40 for the first time, the vehicle turned on without pressing anything. You simply unlock the car and put it straight into gear! I must admit this took me 15 minutes to realise after staring at the ignition button.
This wasn’t the only surprise when I was delivering this car. I also found out there’s no range distance display, the car will only provide battery in %. In this case I was unreliably informed you get around 2 miles per 1%, giving the car a full driving range of 200 miles if the battery is 100% charged.
The Volvo XC40 doesn’t come with a fast charger, only a 3pin charger with a charge time of 14 hours. This is better in some cases as some cars only come with a fast-charging cable. Fast-charging cables have the benefit of speed, but you need a port installed to use this sort of cable.
Along my journey, I found myself running low on charge, fortunately you can find built-in electric chargers at service stations. When I arrived at Cobham service station, I found a fast charger available and was impressed the Volvo gained 30% charge in 33 mins, costing £7.42.
I may be wrong, but it seems like this is Volvo’s first attempt at an electric car, and although it drives well, there are a few features that could be better to compete in an already crowded market of premium electric cars.
After delivering the Volvo XC40 to a happy customer, I ventured to collect a car that had been impounded by the police in London and waited three hours in a queue to retrieve the vehicle... I must admit, this is a less glamourous part of collecting cars, but not uncommon unfortunately!