Volvo V60 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Best-in-class boot space is backed up by impressive knee room in the back. Foot space is a little more cramped, though
The V60 sets a practicality benchmark in the compact executive class. It’s a bigger car than key rivals and it makes the most of those dimensions inside. Boot and passenger space are better than you’ll find elsewhere, while comfortable seats mean the Volvo is a great place to while away motorway miles on a long journey.
At 4,761mm long and 1,916mm wide, the V60 is longer and a touch wider than its rivals – and much larger than the model it replaces. It’s 180mm shorter than the V90, which isn't that much really. You also sit a bit lower in the V60 than the V90 – in keeping with Volvo saying this is its most dynamic car yet.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Space in the cabin is good, with a six-foot passenger able to sit comfortably behind a six foot driver with an inch or so to spare. Foot space is a little tight if the front seat is in its lowest position, while the centre tunnel further restricts things, especially if someone is sat in the middle seat. Here, shoulder room is okay, but you’ll struggle to adopt a knees together pose due to the transmission tunnel running down the middle of the car.
As with all Volvos, there’s plenty of storage space, with a cubby between the front seats, a good glovebox and door bins.
The upright boot door in the V60 pays dividends when it comes to luggage space – at 529 litres (rising to 1,441 litres with the rear seats folded flat – a process that couldn’t be easier) it’s one of the biggest in the class, all achieved while retaining a pretty sleek looking exterior. However, it's important to note that the cheaper Volkswagen Passat Estate boasts 650 litres, while the Peugeot 508 SW has 530 litres.
The rear seats fold electrically in some models and fold completely flat with headrests automatically tucking out of the way. And in true Volvo fashion, plenty of details have been thought through – like the fold up shopping area with elasticated strap to stop your groceries flying around the boot. That’s especially handy as it’s a long way to lean in to the boot to retrieve items if they have rolled to the farthest reaches of the load bay.
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 technologyVolvo leads its rivals on interior design – the V60 has a cool and calm cabin, while technology is class best, too
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingBest-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