2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Interior and Cargo

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2023 C40 Recharge Interior

Volvo notes that the C40 Recharge interior is the first in its stable to be fully leather-free and for some, this might conjure images of loads of hard plastics and frumpy fabrics, but the opposite is true here. It features partly recycled microfiber combined with a synthetic material called Microtech which looks and feel upper class. The high seating position from the XC40 also carried over, as do many of the features we've come to love, such as the superb infotainment system. Unique to the C40, however, is a topography-inspired decor that is backlit to show up the design that honors Scandinavian landscapes. The themes of nature and light underscore most of the cabin design, and as such, a glass roof helps to bring in both light and the elements to create a spacious, airy feeling inside.

2023 C40 Recharge Interior Photos

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Seating and Interior Space

The C40 is a five-seater, assuming you have a smaller person to take the center of the rear bench seat. Legroom is great in the back at 36.1 inches, but the sloping rear roof isn't ideal for people over six-foot. Not only has Volvo worked its magic with the interior materials and ergonomics, but also in the area of storage. The center console doesn't house a transmission, so Volvo has utilized it for storage and even a waste bin that can be emptied. The C40's platform was designed with audio in mind, and an air woofer in the dash means no subwoofer taking room up elsewhere, while some neat engineering means there are no speakers needed in the bottom of the doors. Instead, Volvo has used that space for nice deep storage pockets.

2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Interior Dimensions:

Volvo C40 Recharge TrimsPure Electric Twin Core P8 eAWDPure Electric Twin Plus P8 eAWDPure Electric Twin Ultimate P8 eAWD
Seating555
Headroom Front Seat39.4 in.39.4 in.39.4 in.
Headroom Back Seat36.7 in.36.7 in.36.7 in.
Legroom Front Seat40.9 in.40.9 in.40.9 in.
Legroom Back Seat36.1 in.36.1 in.36.1 in.
Shoulder Room Front56.7 in.56.7 in.56.7 in.
Shoulder Room Rear56.3 in.56.3 in.56.3 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

There isn't much choice in terms of the interior, but being leather-free and still able to convey a truly luxurious feel is a feather in the cap of the automaker. The C40 boasts upholstery comprised of renewable wool fibers and a combination of synthetic materials derived from recyclables, too. This 'Connect' upholstery features microfiber seat panels and a synthetic fabric called Microtech on the bolsters and inserts. It comes in Charcoal with white contrast stitching as standard, and you can add Fjord Blue inserts and carpets additionally at no extra cost. These carpets are made of recycled plastic, as are the topography decor panels. The steering wheel is wrapped in a classy synthetic material and includes satin silk trim.

2023 C40 Recharge Trunk and Cargo Space

The Volvo C40's trunk volume measures 14.6 cubic feet including underfloor storage, which is significantly less cargo space than the average crossover provides. It's also slightly less than what you'd get in the XC40, courtesy of that sloping roofing. Still, the cargo area is usefully equipped with grocery bag hooks and it opens up to a total of 48.7 cubic feet if you fold the seats down. The frunk offers an additional 0.7 cubes for smaller bags and goodies, although you're most likely to use this for charging cables and other accessories.

One of the things we love about the XC-range from Volvo is the thoughtful in-cabin storage options, and the C40 carries this through as well. This includes large and deep door pockets, a glovebox, a center console storage bin under the armrest, a large space ahead of the shifter for your phone (with wireless charging pad) and keys, and two well-sized cupholders.

2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Trunk and Cargo Space Photos

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2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Bed Size:

Volvo C40 Recharge TrimsPure Electric Twin Core P8 eAWDPure Electric Twin Plus P8 eAWDPure Electric Twin Ultimate P8 eAWD
Box Width (Wheelhousings)39.6 in.39.6 in.39.6 in.
Box Height (Area)24.8 in.24.8 in.24.8 in.

2023 C40 Recharge Infotainment and Features

Features

With only one trim option, Volvo has made the feature list quite comprehensive. This includes dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, a 12-inch driver information display, a universal garage door opener, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. All occupants are treated to heated seats, while the front occupants get power adjustments with memory settings for the driver. Lastly, there is also a wireless charger for your smartphone, conveniently located ahead of the shifter.

Driver assists include adaptive cruise control, pilot assist, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera, park assist in the front, rear, and sides, as well as lane-keep assist. This is rounded out by traffic sign recognition and oncoming lane mitigation. This is it though, as there's not much on the options list other than some exterior bits and pieces.

Infotainment

Like the Polestar 2, Volvo has committed to using Google Assistant in its infotainment system in the C40, and it's an excellent implementation. All the usual controls can be found in the nine-inch portrait-style touchscreen like any other Volvo, but Google Assistant allows the driver or passenger to control non-essential functions like heating, air conditioning, navigation, phone calls, and texting by voice. Google's familiar voice recognition system will also answer the usual questions and will be expanded by future over-the-air updates to the point you'll be able to precondition the interior temperature from a Google voice-enabled gadget in the house. For now, that function is limited to the Volvo Cars App.

As it's a premium level Volvo, a 13-speaker premium sound system is included from Harman Kardon. The real beauty of the system is that you don't need to hook up your phone to the car unless you want to make calls and use voice-to-text. The system comes preloaded with media apps like YouTube Music, Spotify, and Apple Music, and more will become available via the Google Play app. Android Auto is, naturally, standard for connecting a phone, but Apple CarPlay isn't available yet. It will be, though. The C40 also comes with Bluetooth and SiriusXM satellite radio.

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