Volvo XC40 Recharge electric interior, dashboard & comfort
Up-to-date infotainment, classy design and high quality come together inside the electric XC40
With lots of leather throughout and all the touch points being made of soft materials, the interior of the XC40 Recharge feels very upmarket – which is appropriate in view of the £50,000 starting price. 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 models'. 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
Starting at close to £50,000, the entry-level single-motor XC40 Recharge misses out on the UK government's plug-in car grant (PiCG), which has a price threshold of £35,000. It’s also nearly £10,000 more expensive than the entry-level version of the closely related Polestar 2.
All XC40 Recharge models come with Volvo’s Android-based interface, which you can operate using the car's nine-inch central infotainment touchscreen. 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 Plus gets 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. It also features a heat pump that reduces energy consumption when heating up the car’s cabin, for improved range in colder weather.
Above that is the XC40 Recharge Pro, which comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree parking camera, upgraded Harman Kardon sound system, panoramic sunroof and additional safety system as part of the ‘Driver Assistance’ package. While not currently available to order, the XC40 Recharge Twin is expected to be on sale again in the UK soon, when stocks become available.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictDespite it being based on an existing petrol-engined model, there’s plenty to recommend about the Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe electric XC40's range is good, but not the best in class, while its charging speeds are excellent
- 3Running costs & insuranceAffordable company-car tax and infrequent servicing count in the electric XC40's favour here
- 4Performance, motor & driveStunning performance and superb comfort make for a very appealing combination in the electric XC40
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingUp-to-date infotainment, classy design and high quality come together inside the electric XC40
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe electric XC40 should have sufficient passenger and luggage space for most families' needs
- 7Reliability & safety ratingSimple electric drivetrain and Volvo's peerless safety record mean peace of mind for owners here