The volvo xc40 is the smallest SUV in the brand’s lineup, but it makes up for its petite size with lots of clever and thoughtful storage solutions inside.
The front door pockets, for example, are ginormous with plenty of room to store girthy Nalgene and Hydro Flask bottles. Volvo achieved this by omitting the low- or midrange speaker that typically occupies the front edge of door pockets. Better yet, the audio quality doesn’t seem to suffer from it. The door pockets are also lined with the same carpeted material used for the floors, which not only looks cool but also prevents stuff from rattling too much.
Things get more interesting in the center console, which includes a spot for wireless charging directly underneath the touchscreen. It’s easy to access and covered in a nice rubberized material. Phones that don’t need charging can sit upright in a compartment in front of the gear shifter.
Perhaps the most unique storage solution is the XC40’s center storage bin with an integrated trash can, complete with a spring-loaded lid that easily pops off when it’s time to empty it out. We’re pleased (but also disappointed) to report that at least one staffer is using the trash can for its intended purpose. That’s because he or she failed to take out the trash before handing off the XC40 to another staffer. If it happens again, we may have to repurpose the trash bin as a sunglass case holder (we were able to squeeze in two Ray-Ban cases).
Got grocery bags? The XC40 can keep them from rolling around with no fewer than six bag hooks. The first one cleverly swings out from the top of the glove box’s lid, and the rear cargo area has one above each wheel well. Plus, there are another three when the upper floorboard is folded up.
The cargo area itself is good for 21.7 cubic feet of stuff with the rear seats up and jumps to 57.5 cubes with them folded, which is a cinch to do thanks to latches on top of the seatbacks (they’re also easy to reach from the cargo area). Our XC40 R-Design has a center pass-through slot in the middle rear seat for skis, lumber, or other long items, and the rear hatch can be opened or closed hands-free by kicking a foot underneath the rear bumper.
We don’t see much use for the storage trays on the lower edge of the rear seats, though they might be a good trap for the errant Cheerio or Cheeto. With so many clever storage tricks, there’s a good chance we’ve missed a couple of others that Volvo’s hidden within its littlest SUV.
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