Volvo XC40 Recharge 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 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 XC40 Recharge Twin misses out on the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG) now that the price threshold has been dropped to £35,000. However, a less expensive, single-motor version may be on the horizon much like the more affordable Polestar 2 models announced earlier in 2021.
For the moment, there are three versions of the XC40 Recharge for to choose from: Twin, Twin Plus and Twin Pro, which have replaced the R-Design and First Edition trim levels. The Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin (£49,950) comes as standard with Volvo's new Android-based operating system (more details below), 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.
The Twin Plus trim level (£52,950) builds on the base models with front parking sensors, a rear parking camera, power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel. XC40 Recharge Twin Plus models also come with a heat pump that reduces energy consumption when heating up the car’s cabin, for improved range in colder weather.
Top-spec XC40 Recharge Twin Pro (£56,700) come with adaptive cruise control and steering assistance as part of Volvo’s ‘Pilot Assist’ systems. The Twin Pro spec also features a panoramic sunroof, leather/nubuck upholstery, a 360-degree parking camera, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system and 20-inch alloy wheels,
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. Wireless Apple CarPlay also comes as standard on all XC40 Recharge Twin models, too, as is a 9-inch central infotainment touchscreen.
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