The Beautiful Volvo XC40 P8
After driving his son’s Volvo S90 and his daughter-in-law’s Volvo XC60, Vinesh Maharaj, from The Kitchen Studio, was hooked. “When I heard about the availability of the P8, I did not hesitate,” he says. “I have had the vehicle for almost a year now, and I have already done 32 000km.
”Vinesh says this is by far the best vehicle he has ever owned. “Because of the high mileage I do, I have gone through various makes and models of vehicles in the past 43 years,” he says.
“Besides the savings on fuel costs and not contributing to harmful emissions, driving the vehicle itself is a dream. It is quiet, comfortable, and has unbelievable road holding and instant torque to safely overtake stragglers.
“The spaciousness and the safety that the P8 delivers is also a bonus for Vinesh. “And there is no wear and tear on the motor like on an ICE vehicle, so there ought to be no difference in the performance when it gets older,” he adds.
The estimated range on the P8 is around 420km. “The more economically I drive it, the greater the range achieved,” says Vinesh. “The car’s infotainment screen is user-friendly and tells you when recharging is required, as well as which charging stations are on route – once you have keyed in your destination. And if the battery gets too low, it limits the acceleration and power to conserve battery life.”
Vinesh has a “Charge Pocket” app on his phone, with credits. “I can ‘fill up’ at self-charging stations if required. The app lets you know in advance which stations are available for use.
“I have other vehicles which I rarely use these days, the electric P8 has become my first choice,” says Vinesh. “My wife, who sometimes drives my car, has her eye on the new electric C40 – which I believe should be arriving in June this year.”
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