Volvo XC40 Recharge electric review: boot space, seating & practicality
The electric XC40 isn’t the biggest family SUV, but clever solutions like the cable storage in the nose boost practicality
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The XC40 Recharge is first and foremost a compact family SUV, so while the hybrid XC60 and forthcoming all-electric EX90 flagship are bigger, there’s still plenty of room inside and a decent-sized boot. The XC40 may not be as practical as the Skoda Enyaq iV or Hyundai Ioniq 5, but many will be able to live with that in order to enjoy the SUV’s handsome looks.
Volvo XC40 Recharge electric interior space, storage & comfort
Inside, the XC40 Recharge is much the same as the petrol and hybrid models, with lots of rear headroom and legroom plus a good amount of storage. There’s a central cubby and a pair of cupholders, a spot for your phone under the main screen and deep door bins.
However, it can feel a little dark inside, as the rear windows are tinted and the rising window line at the back means not a huge amount of light gets in – only made worse on Core and Plus cars with their dark headlining. A panoramic sunroof is fitted on top-spec Ultimate models which lets more light into the cabin – something unfortunately not available on lower-spec cars, even as an option.
With 452 litres of boot space, the electric XC40 hasn’t sacrificed much luggage capacity in the switch from petrol to electric power like some cars have. In fact, it has roughly the same boot space as the Kia Niro EV, and a far bigger boot than the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The Skoda Enyaq iV has over 100 litres more space in its boot, but it's a significantly bigger car.
The XC40 also features some extra cargo space under the boot floor, as well as another area beneath the bonnet: the latter is only 31 litres, but ideal for storing the charging cables, nonetheless.
In This Review
- 1VerdictRecent updates make the electric Volvo XC40 more competitive than ever, but it’s still expensive compared with petrol versions
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe electric XC40 has received a range boost for 2023, while rapid charging speeds remain competitive for its class
- 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 & comfortClassy cabin design and latest software is let down by small central screen; rivals feel more modern
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe electric XC40 isn’t the biggest family SUV, but clever solutions like the cable storage in the nose boost practicality
- 7Reliability & safety ratingSimple electric drivetrain and Volvo's peerless safety record mean peace of mind for owners here