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.
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.
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Outside, the XC60 is very much a little brother to the XC90 – it shares the same Scalable Platform Architecture as well as many of the mechanical bits and those you touch inside.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The first thing you’ll notice about the Volvo’s infotainment system is the nine-inch tablet-style portrait display. It’s fitted as standard and looks hi-tech, a bit like a tablet that’s been integrated into the car’s dashboard. It operates in the same way, using swipes and light touches just like your smartphone. That’s not always such a good thing in a car, though.
Touching the screen requires taking your eyes off the road, and while the Volvo’s set-up is more responsive than the Jaguar’s, it occasionally doesn’t respond to your inputs. Sat-nav, DAB and Bluetooth are standard on all three cars, but like the BMW you have to pay extra for smartphone connectivity; it’s £300 in the Volvo, but at least it adds both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, rather than just the latter.
The £2,500 Bowers & Wilkins stereo upgrade is absolutely superb, but it’s very expensive and will only be worth it for those who are serious audiophiles.
In this review
- 1Volvo XC60 reviewThe Volvo XC60 offers style, luxury, lots of advanced tech and is one of the best premium SUVs
- 2Engines, performance and drivePerformance is good, but the XC60 is more about relaxed progress than sporty handling – it’s what Volvo calls ‘inspired confidence’
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsDiesels are more frugal on longer journeys, but T8 plug-in claims lowest CO2 and offers big company car tax savings
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingAnother stunning Volvo interior that’s well-made, looks great and is dominated by a fantastic 9-inch touchscreen
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePlenty of space for all the family – the XC60 will be an easy and comfortable car to live with
- 6Reliability and SafetyVolvo is planning to get road-reading safety tech fitted to all models from 2020