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Volvo C40 boot space, practicality and safety

2021 onwards (change model)
Practicality rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 5 May 2023 Updated: 5 May 2023

  • Lots of space up front
  • Less in the rear
  • Two boots

How much space is there?

The C40 shares most of its interior with the XC40 SUV, and that’s a good thing. This means there’s loads of room up front, helped by the large windscreen and sunroof that flood light in.

Volvo C40 rear seats
It’s a little dark in the C40’s second row.

The main obvious change between the C40 and XC40 is the dropped roofline. Despite the chop, there’s plenty of legroom in the back and even headroom’s not too badly impacted unless you’re very tall. It’s nowhere near as spacious as an Audi Q4 E-Tron, though.

Boot space and storage

Storage space is top-notch. The door pockets are huge and easily large enough to take a 1.0-litre bottle of water. The boot is rather small at 413 litres and it has quite a tall loading height too. At least it’s flat, meaning you can slide in heavy items, and there’s enough space for a folding pushchair and other baby accessories.

Volvo C40 boot
The boot is wide and flat with no lip, but it’s high and shallow.

The Volvo also has a front boot. It’s only big enough to hold the charging cables, but it’s a neat addition nevertheless.

Is it easy to park?

Rear visibility is poor. Blame the sloping roofline and thick pillars for that. All cars get reversing cameras, but you’ll have to go for top-spec for self-parking.


  • Not tested by Euro NCAP
  • Likely to be very safe in a crash
  • Safety kit easy to use

The C40 hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, and it most likely won’t be. However, the XC40, a car which is nearly identical to the C40, received a full five-stars.

New parents will be relieved to see the C40 has a front Isofix point, as well as the standard two in the back.

Safety systems such as traffic sign recognition and autonomous emergency braking come as standard. And if you fancy jumping up a spec or too you’ll find blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert and Volvo’s semi-autonomous system, Pilot Assist. This is one of the best in the business and is smooth and easy to use. It very rarely jerks you around and will even go from standstill to 80mph all by itself.

Euro NCAP rating

Ratings for this model not available

Equipment and options

Each trim level will have different equipment offerings.
Basic equipment (23)
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
Standard Equipment
Optional Equipment
Core Standard Equipment (1)
  • Cruise control
Core Optional Equipment (3)
  • Alloy wheels
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
Plus Standard Equipment (3)
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
Plus Optional Equipment (2)
  • Alloy wheels
  • Metallic Paint
Twin Core [82] Standard Equipment
  • n/a
Twin Core [82] Optional Equipment
  • n/a
Twin Plus [82] Standard Equipment
  • n/a
Twin Plus [82] Optional Equipment
  • n/a
Twin Pro Standard Equipment (5)
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
Twin Pro Optional Equipment
  • n/a
Twin Ultimate [82] Standard Equipment
  • n/a
Twin Ultimate [82] Optional Equipment
  • n/a
Ultimate Standard Equipment (5)
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
Ultimate Optional Equipment
  • n/a


Length 4440mm
Width 2034mm
Height 1596mm
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