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.
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.
In this review
- 1Volvo V60 reviewIf you want a luxurious and spacious estate, the Volvo V60 offers a relaxed alternative to German rivals
- 2Engines, performance and driveRefinement is the main focus of the V60 driving experience, although plug-in hybrid versions offer great blend of performance and economy
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsFour-cylinder engines provide decent economy, with plug-in hybrids promising the best economy
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingVolvo leads its rivals on interior design – the V60 has a cool and calm cabin, while technology is class best, too
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceBest-in-class boot space is backed up by impressive knee room in the back. Foot space is a little more cramped, though
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe V60 delivers the usual high standard of Volvo safety