Volvo XC40 Recharge electric interior, dashboard & comfort

Up-to-date infotainment, classy design and high quality come together inside the electric XC40

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, dashboard & comfort rating

4.0 out of 5

The XC40 features the same modern, classy and understated cabin design as everything else in Volvo’s current line-up. The carpet used on both the floor and doors is created from recycled bottles, which is not only in keeping with the Swedish brand’s sustainable approach, but also reduces the amount of hard surfaces in the car’s cabin. You also get lots of technology as standard, and the Google Automotive services used in the latest Volvos and Polestars are excellent to use.

Volvo XC40 Recharge electric dashboard

The XC40 Recharge’s interior is very much the same as the standard model's. As is the trend now, the centre of the dashboard features a nine-inch touchscreen that controls most of the car's features. For the driver, there’s a set of digital dials behind the steering wheel that can be customised to show things like sat-nav directions, plus there are features specific to the electric model.

Equipment, options & accessories

You can get the electric XC40 with either a single or dual-motor setup and is available in three trim levels: Core, Plus and Ultimate. All models feature a nine-inch central infotainment touchscreen that runs Volvo’s Android-based interface. Services include Google Maps, Google Assistant voice control and access to apps enabled for automotive use through the Google Play Store.

The entry-level XC40 Recharge Core comes with LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, wireless phone charging, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, a powered tailgate, rear parking sensors and 19-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Above that is the XC40 Recharge Plus, which comes with Volvo's Pilot Assist system, keyless entry, hands-free power tailgate, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, reversing camera and front parking sensors. It also adds a heat pump that reduces energy consumption when heating up the car’s cabin, for improved range in colder weather. 

Finally, there's the Ultimate specification. This adds 20-inch alloy wheels, Pixel LED headlights, a 360-degree parking camera system, upgraded Harman Kardon sound system and a panoramic sunroof, plus suede and microtech upholstery.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The XC40 Recharge's operating system has been upgraded to come with a full set of Google Automotive services, including Google Assistant and Google Maps, similar to the unit found in the Polestar 2. In October 2021, Volvo introduced a Range Assistant app for the XC40 as a part of an over-the-air (OTA) software update. 

According to Volvo, the app will help you maximise and monitor accurate, real-time electric range. It can optimise energy management and automatically adjust the climate control to a more efficient setting when required. The same app can also be found in the XC40 Recharge’s sister cars, the C40 coupe-SUV and the Polestar 2.

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