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I was annoyed at the dumbing down of it, namely the lack of one-pedal driving option. So I got a Volvo XC40 Recharge. Looking around indicates that the Audi Q4 e-tron and Nissan Ariya will also not allow it either, after the results of market research. So I end up with something more expensive, lower range, but a few other bonuses as compensation. Call me a purist, but we'll see what comes up in the next few years.
 

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We briefly looked at the Recharge, too. Volvo was really good to us post-Dieselgate, and put my wife in a solid Chinese-built S60 Inscription that was flawless, with 0% and 5 years all-inclusive maintenance. We would have happily stuck with the brand, but just weren't attracted to what they were offering. That's how we almost ended up in a Polestar, but alas...

I hear ya though, every one of us has boxes that need to be checked. I'm sort of with you on the one pedal driving, but it's her car not mine so I'm coowidit.
 

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I was annoyed at the dumbing down of it, namely the lack of one-pedal driving option. So I got a Volvo XC40 Recharge. Looking around indicates that the Auto Q4 e-tron and Nissan Ariya will also not allow it either, after the results of market research. So I end up with something more expensive, lower range, but a few other bonuses as compensation. Call me a purist, but we'll see what comes up in the next few years.
I looked at the XC40 Recharge. Very nice car. Two things killed it for me: 1)Barely working software. 2)Highway range
When I looked at it, even basic stuff like Carplay wasn't working. Apparently that has been improved.
And my own 80mph range test resulted in a winter consumption of <2 mi/kWh. Aside from being sad, that was actually a problem for my use.

With the AWD delay on the ID.4, I've actually set my sights on the Q4 e-tron. I've driven a lot of EVs over the years both personally and through work (MS, MX, i3, Kona). I don't do one-pedal driving (the lack of "hover" kills it for me), and I much prefer the interior/dash of the Q4 over the ID.4 (but each to their own). I won't go near the Korean EVs after all my issues with the Kona (5 recalls and counting, and still issues they haven't recalled... yet).
I also have a "reservation" :rolleyes: for the Volvo C40. My guess is the slightly slopier roof will improve the 80mph range.
We'll see how the rest of this year goes.
 

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no argument there. I have the same concerns. Hopefully there will be enough fast chargers on my route when I road trip. Tesla just doesn’t have the body type I need.
 

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I was annoyed at the dumbing down of it, namely the lack of one-pedal driving option. So I got a Volvo XC40 Recharge. Looking around indicates that the Auto Q4 e-tron and Nissan Ariya will also not allow it either, after the results of market research. So I end up with something more expensive, lower range, but a few other bonuses as compensation. Call me a purist, but we'll see what comes up in the next few years.
Let us know how you like Recharge. Alex on Autos on YouTube says ID 4 may get one pedal as a software update. Hope so as I intend to go through with Pro purchase. Took me 1 day to get used to it on my '17 Bolt EV and I love it.
Nobody has a corner on the EV market though -- every model comes with its pros and cons. Let's hope more folks buy EVs.
I drive by the Tesla Fremont plant just about every day and have toured it, but I won't buy one as I feel speed and range need to be on a screen or heads-up display right in front of the driver.... If the screen shows speed limit too so much the better.
 

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Yes, we all have our list of priorities. I agree about having a display right in front of the driver, rather than Tesla-style. I hope VW does that software update that allows OPD, for the sake of those of you who will appreciate it.
 

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Ok, after a couple months with the Volvo, I am still happy with my decision. Remote access with a smartphone is still not there, but it is a pleasure to drive. The 400 hp is a nice compensation the minimalistic 200 mi. range. I might add that the Google maps/assistant is excellent.
 

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I was drooling over the XC 40 Recharge for months. It's a beautiful car. But I'm leasing the car and the price was basically a nonstarter for me. Volvo doesn't apply the $7,500 credit to the lease like VW or BMW does so the lease numbers are just crazy.
 

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I almost bought a 2019 eTron today but I just couldn't justify the reduced range (even compared to a 2021, let alone other manufacturers) for the price. Regardless, they gave me $41K straight across the table, no trade/purchase required so I'm officially out for the time being.
 

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I almost bought a 2019 eTron today but I just couldn't justify the reduced range (even compared to a 2021, let alone other manufacturers) for the price. Regardless, they gave me $41K straight across the table, no trade/purchase required so I'm officially out for the time being.
"They" being VW?
 

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Let us know how you like Recharge. Alex on Autos on YouTube says ID 4 may get one pedal as a software update. Hope so as I intend to go through with Pro purchase. Took me 1 day to get used to it on my '17 Bolt EV and I love it.
Nobody has a corner on the EV market though -- every model comes with its pros and cons. Let's hope more folks buy EVs.
I drive by the Tesla Fremont plant just about every day and have toured it, but I won't buy one as I feel speed and range need to be on a screen or heads-up display right in front of the driver.... If the screen shows speed limit too so much the better.
Like you I also upgraded to the ID.4 from a Bolt and am really hoping for one pedal driving. In the interim, the Apple Car Play that works like it should, keeps me happy lol.
 

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Sorry was referring to coming from a Bolt with great OPD - good luck with Recharge.
Sorry for the confusion. I'm not the person who started the thread. I was just chiming in that I also left VW recently by selling my ID.4 to Audi.

I don't have a Recharge...I'm still in my Touareg TDI until I sell that, too.
 

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Sorry for the confusion. I'm not the person who started the thread. I was just chiming in that I also left VW recently by selling my ID.4 to Audi.

I don't have a Recharge...I'm still in my Touareg TDI until I sell that, too.
We had a Touareg TDI. Probably the best highway cruiser we have ever owned. VW bought it back abs crushed it. The engine required lots of work to comply to the EPA requirements. One year newer, they just updated the software
 
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