Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 interior & 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 P8 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 P8 dashboard
The XC40 P8’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 XC40 P8 misses out on the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG) now that the price threshold has been dropped to £35,000.
There are only two versions of the XC40 Recharge P8 for now: R-Design and First Edition. The former is still really well equipped, as it comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, two-zone climate control, wireless phone charging and those twin displays inside, as well as a host of Volvo’s latest safety systems.
Opting for the Launch Edition adds £6,750 to the price of the XC40 P8, but for that you get a panoramic roof, a 360-degree parking camera, a Harman Kardon stereo, heated seats and keyless start. More affordable trim levels with slightly less kit and less powerful drivetrains are on the way in due course.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The XC40's infotainment 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. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone pairing will be added later via an over-the-air (OTA) software update.
In This Review
- 1VerdictDespite it being based on an existing petrol-engined model, there’s plenty to recommend about the Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 electric SUV
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe electric XC40's range is good, but not the best in class, while its charging speeds are excellent
- 3Running costsAffordable company-car tax and infrequent servicing count in the electric XC40's favour here
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceStunning performance and superb comfort make for a very appealing combination in the electric XC40
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingUp-to-date infotainment, classy design and high quality come together inside the electric XC40
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe electric XC40 should have sufficient passenger and luggage space for most families' needs
- 7Reliability & safetySimple electric drivetrain and Volvo's peerless safety record mean peace of mind for owners here