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Same situation in our '21 XC40. My guess would be that this is related to the articulating headrests in the rear.

That said, let's be honest. The main focus of automobile interiors is in the front cockpit. The back seat suffers almost across the board, even in upscale manufacturers.
 

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Our '22 XC40's are the same way, but I don't see an issue with how the seats are build. The grommets would probably get in the way and cause issues for the folding headrests, and you can't see that area anyway when the headrests are up/in position. This is probably a decent cost savings for Volvo on the thousands and thousands of XC40/C40's that are built.
 

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The unfinished/ungrommetted rear seats is equivalent to going on a date with a good looking guy/gal, but when s/he smiles, has many missing teeth. And what’s worse, the few remaining teeth are brown and yellowing. I guess my date needed the financial savings of not using toothpaste.

My Buick Encore, at 1/3 of the price of the XC40 recharge, had a better finish. Didn’t have 402 horse power though 🐎 That Encore was probably powered by donkeys.

But to each their own.

All I wanted to know was whether my vehicle was overlooked somehow, an isolated case. I got my question answered, thank you for your responses. I guess all of the XC40s and C40s are like that, brown yellowing teeth and slowly becoming toothless.
 

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The unfinished/ungrommetted rear seats is equivalent to going on a date with a good looking guy/gal, but when s/he smiles, has many missing teeth. And what’s worse, the few remaining teeth are brown and yellowing. I guess my date needed the financial savings of not using toothpaste.

My Buick Encore, at 1/3 of the price of the XC40 recharge, had a better finish. Didn’t have 402 horse power though 🐎 That Encore was probably powered by donkeys.

But to each their own.

All I wanted to know was whether my vehicle was overlooked somehow, an isolated case. I got my question answered, thank you for your responses. I guess all of the XC40s and C40s are like that, brown yellowing teeth and slowly becoming toothless.
More like a couple dirty fingernails I would say..
 

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Given how violently the rear headrests snap down** when you push the Settings > Controls > Headrest Fold button on the touchscreen - perhaps they couldn't find any grommets that would hold up.

** I call this the "Auto-Guillotine" feature. For back-seat passengers you really don't like.
 

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Given how violently the rear headrests snap down** when you push the Settings > Controls > Headrest Fold button on the touchscreen - perhaps they couldn't find any grommets that would hold up.

** I call this the "Auto-Guillotine" feature. For back-seat passengers you really don't like.
Keeps the kids quiet and on edge 😈
 
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Given how violently the rear headrests snap down** when you push the Settings > Controls > Headrest Fold button on the touchscreen - perhaps they couldn't find any grommets that would hold up.

** I call this the "Auto-Guillotine" feature. For back-seat passengers you really don't like.
Sounds like I will need to try this now. Never messed with that button before.
 

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Given how violently the rear headrests snap down** when you push the Settings > Controls > Headrest Fold button on the touchscreen - perhaps they couldn't find any grommets that would hold up.

** I call this the "Auto-Guillotine" feature. For back-seat passengers you really don't like.
That’s amazing, the "Auto-Guillotine" feature. I'll need to test that out next time someone annoys me. Or maybe just for fun ... 😈
 
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