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Volvo V60 review - Interior, design and technology

Volvo leads its rivals on interior design – the V60 has a cool and calm cabin, while technology is class best, too

Volvo has made a name for itself with some of the best-looking interiors in the business and the V60 is no different. In fact, it’s very much the same as the other SPA-platform cars (XC90 and XC60, plus S90 and V90) dominated by the excellent 9-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dash, with a few supporting buttons beneath.

Ahead of the driver sits a digital dashboard, with vertical air vents either side of the centre screen and a ribbon of very Swedish veneer running the full width of the dash. Build quality is good, although it's still not quite up to the standards of the Audi A4, and we can’t believe anyone will be disappointed.

What will be disappointing is the number of headline grabbing tech items that are on the options list – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't standard, for example.

The exterior takes the V90 theme and adds a little dynamism to it. So the front looks more athletic and the sides a little more swoopy and toned. The rear tailgate is more vertical than on the V90, too, helping towards those class best capacity figures. Go for an R-Design model, and you can add a subtly sporty bodykit with extended side sills and front and rear bumpers.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

That portrait touchscreen on the centre console sets the class standard – not only for design, but ease of use too. Sat-nav comes as standard – just as well, as you have to pay extra to be able to seamlessly connect your Android or Apple smartphone to the car.

The menu is intuitive and the screen responsive – and there are a few built-in apps for you to use, including music streaming service Spotify. To make the most of the music, we’d recommend upgrading to the Bowers & Wilkins audio system – crafted by the British brand to produce one of the best in-car sound systems we’ve experienced.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    2.0 B3P Momentum 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £33,100

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.0 T6 Recharge PHEV R DESIGN 5dr AWD Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £44,450

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 T8 Recharge PHEV Polestar Enginrd 5dr AWD Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £50,750

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