As in other modern Volvos, the dashboard of the XC40 is dominated by a 9.0in tablet-style touchscreen that has allowed the designers to slash the number of buttons and create a minimalist ambience.
Not that the absence of buttons is all good news. While the idea of a screen that lets you swipe, pinch and scroll, like you do with an iPad, sounds good in theory, in reality it means simple tasks, such as changing the radio station or tapping an address into the sat-nav, require concentration. It’s not helped by the fact that some of the icons are small and the screen doesn’t always react that quickly to presses.
Still, at least the screen is crystal clear and there are plenty of features, including standard satellite-navigation and a DAB radio. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring is available as an option.