The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The front seats in the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric are some of the best you’ll find. The entry-level model has manual adjustment but does feature four-way electrically adjustable lumbar support. Other versions have full electric adjustment.
A digital instrument panel is standard and the Recharge Pure Electric’s screen is higher in resolution than the screen in other XC40s, so it's crisper, clearer and very easy to read, although strangely doesn’t include a real-time range counter until you run low on charge – you have to ask Google Assistant to provide you with that information or switch the Range Assistance app.
Over-the-shoulder visibility isn’t great, being compromised by a window line that kicks up towards the back of the car. However, we do like the nifty button in the infotainment system of the top-spec Ultimate version that lets you lower the rear seat headrests from the front – handy if you want a clearer view out of the back window when the rear seats are unoccupied.
Rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are standard. The top-spec Ultimate model gets a 360-degree camera, which gives you a very helpful bird's eye view of the car when you're parking.