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I bought the Recharge instead of a sedan or hatchback mainly for its height and AWD (and of course because it's an EV). I've never thought I needed much storage capacity and never owned an SUV before although we owned minivans when the kids were small. We don't take trips now. But two days ago the size came in very handy. Our daughter is flying in from out of state with our 9-mo.old grandchild. She only would do it if we could have a slew of things available including a play pen, car seat base, high chair, a portable bed thing, etc. It turns out one of my wife's network of hiking friends had almost all that stuff, including two types of some of it, and she was willing to loan it to us for the visit. I picked it all up, transferring it all in one load from her SUV to the Volvo when I dropped off my wife for the hike. It was a full load and I'm glad I had the space. I didn't need the frunk.

One unexpected benefit of this haul was that when I began to load it all in, I had to put the rear seats down. I noticed that the headrests automatically bent down to fit in the footwell area. I hadn't realized it did that, although I had once seen in a review video that they could be folded down. When I folded the seats back up, the headrests stayed folded down. This provides much better visibility through the rear-view mirror. In my previous car you had to physically remove the headrests to obtain this same benefit, and then remember to put them back in if you're about to pick up someone who'll be riding in the rear. This is much more convenient and safer. I recommend folding them down if you don't need them up all the time.
 

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In my previous car you had to physically remove the headrests to obtain this same benefit, and then remember to put them back in if you're about to pick up someone who'll be riding in the rear. This is much more convenient and safer. I recommend folding them down if you don't need them up all the time.
And you don't even need to physically go back there to fold them down - there's a button for that!
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EDIT: but you DO have to go back there to fold them up :)

EDIT2: I think someone here called this the "Guillotine" button - for passengers you don't like!
 

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I have two questions.
1. How do you open the tailgate from inside the car? The manual says to push the button on the dashboard (showing an icon of a sedan with trunk open) but I can't find any such button or icon. I tried Settings-Controls, too and didn't see it there, although there is an Unlock All button. Please tell me where it is or show a picture.
2. What is this thing in the tailgate for? (see picture below). A review I saw said you could store things there, but I couldn't open it. When I turned the handle (red arrow) nothing happened. I tried both directions. Sometimes it makes a ratcheting sound but mostly just spins freely. I tried pushing in and pulling out as I turned, too. Is the handle just broken? It seems like an odd place for storage and I don't think I need it for anything, but why else have it there? Access to the washer fluid for the rear wipers?
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Liftgate button is below-left of the steering wheel:
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I don't recall if power liftgate is standard equipment, or part of an option package.
Thank you. I found it. Neither that button nor the wheel thing next to it are visible to me when I'm in the driver's seat. It's blocked by the steering wheel left spoke (if it's straight). I don't really think of that area as dashboard, either.
 

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I have two questions.
1. How do you open the tailgate from inside the car? The manual says to push the button on the dashboard (showing an icon of a sedan with trunk open) but I can't find any such button or icon. I tried Settings-Controls, too and didn't see it there, although there is an Unlock All button. Please tell me where it is or show a picture.
2. What is this thing in the tailgate for? (see picture below). A review I saw said you could store things there, but I couldn't open it. When I turned the handle (red arrow) nothing happened. I tried both directions. Sometimes it makes a ratcheting sound but mostly just spins freely. I tried pushing in and pulling out as I turned, too. Is the handle just broken? It seems like an odd place for storage and I don't think I need it for anything, but why else have it there? Access to the washer fluid for the rear wipers?
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Interesting - so did not know this was there - here are some photos as well - small secret storage area - very small - turn the knob till it feels like it is free - then pull down and it opens like a door see below.
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Interesting - so did not know this was there - here are some photos as well - small secret storage area - very small - turn the knob till it feels like it is free - then pull down and it opens like a door see below.
I’m pretty sure this is for safety stuff. One of those collapsible road cones would fit well. I think of it as a spot for stuff you don’t need often, but might not want to bury in a trunk.
 

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I’m pretty sure this is for safety stuff. One of those collapsible road cones would fit well. I think of it as a spot for stuff you don’t need often, but might not want to bury in a trunk.
I tried to open it but couldn't get it open very far. After twisting the knob I pulled as hard as I could with no luck at first. I have arthritis in my hands and can't pinch tightly. I finally got it open after getting my fingernails under the edge of the cover, but only a little way. When I pulled the flap down, it started bending, not coming down in one piece like in your photo. It bent at about the 1/3 point at a 60 degree angle. I was afraid I was going to break it or deform it permanently so I stopped. I tried to peek in, but without a flashlight I couldn't see anything other than the spikes that hold the flap in. I tried to get it back in place and that was equally hard, but I eventually succeeded. It didn't look like there was room for anything bigger than a pencil from what I could see. I'm not going to fiddle with it anymore.
 

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I wonder if there is some optional extra that would / could go in there. Dvr or something. Is it present in the ice version of the xc40?
 

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Interesting - so did not know this was there - here are some photos as well - small secret storage area - very small - turn the knob till it feels like it is free - then pull down and it opens like a door see below.
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I saw this compartment in a YouTube video. This is where you store your warning triangle. Haven’t checked Volvo parts to see if it offers one.
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There is a shallow (just a couple of inches deep) space behind the plastic panel.
The twist knob will allow the panel to be peeled off when it is aligned horizontally (i.e. twist the knob 90 degrees to the horizontal position).
This is what the back side of the twist knob looks like (notice that it's in the vertical position) when the knob handle (which is on the other side) is aligned horizontally:
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