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Volvo XC60 review - Interior, design and technology

Another stunning Volvo interior that’s well-made, looks great and is dominated by a fantastic 9-inch touchscreen

There’s a good reason why the XC60 looks a bit like a smaller XC90; it’s based on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as the seven-seater. It lives up to its name and really is scaled down. It’s easy to see the design similarities as well; the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights, large grille and prominent Volvo badge are all still present.

From an interior design and quality point of view, the XC60 leads the class. This is another stunning Volvo interior, dominated, as usual, by a large nine-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen in the centre of the dash. There's also an impressive 12.3" driver's information display.

Every model gets leather seats, while there’s more leather elsewhere around the cabin and subtle amounts of chrome to lift things. You can choose various finishes, all with a cool Scandinavian feel to them, while the tiny Swedish flag on the driver’s seat is joined by a tiny metallic one just beneath the vent on the passenger’s side – nice details.

The plastics around the cabin all feel really good, too, apart from the lid of the glovebox, which is surprisingly cheap.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment 

Volvo has recently introduced Google integration to its range, bringing online services with real-time mapping and traffic data. We'd expect this system to improve on the lazy loading times of the previous set-up, although the basic layout of the portrait-orientated nine-inch screen will remain. The XC60 gets a digital driver’s display as standard, but he resolution looks fuzzy compared with the best systems on offer.

Touching the screen requires taking your eyes off the road, and occasionally the system doesn’t respond to your inputs. Sat-nav, DAB and Bluetooth are standard, as are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The £2,500 Bowers & Wilkins 14-speaker stereo upgrade is absolutely superb, but it’s very expensive and will only be worth it for those who are serious audiophiles.

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