Volvo XC60 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Plenty of space for all the family – the XC60 will be an easy and comfortable car to live with
The XC60 lacks the XC90’s seven-seat option, but there’s still enough space for five to be comfy with decent luggage room, too. The modern cabin design is also practical; with plenty of storage cubbies in the front and good door bins, so you’ll be able to stow your possessions easily. One issue that may trouble those with young families is that the small rear doors don't open quite as wide as you'd perhaps like, which will make the task of securing a small child into their seat more awkward.
The new XC60 is 261mm shorter but only 9mm narrower and 118mm lower than the XC90. It’s a little shorter and lower than the Jaguar F-Pace, but wider.
It’s a big car, but manages to hide its size well on the road, helped by the large glass area that provides excellent all-round visibility.
Large door mirrors also help, while the Volvo’s traditionally square shape – rounded off more than ever on the XC60 – still makes it easier to judge where all four corners of the car are compared with some rivals.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The XC60’s sizeable dimensions translate to decent interior space for driver and four passengers, with good knee, shoulder and head room in the back once you’re inside. As usual, the middle seat is very firm to sit on and a bit of a short straw, but in spite of their tiny dimensions, the rear headrests are well placed and comfortable – they also fold down at the touch of a button on the touchscreen.
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There’s decent storage space for odds and ends, too – a storage box between driver and passenger with a quality, sliding cover; a deep cubby between the seats and sizeable door bins, too.
Access through the rear doors can be a little problematic if, for example, you're attempting to secure a child into their seat – the aperture is slightly narrow and the doors could do with opening by a few more degrees.
The XC60’s boot, as with most in this class, is dwarfed by the Jaguar F-Pace’s, but is still big enough for most family’s needs at 505 litres. The optional powered tailgate lifts high out of the way, leaving a wide opening that’s very handy. The rear seats are easy to fold and go down completely flat, while a handy reversible mat with carpet on one side and plastic on the other, will even fold out to protect the rear bumper.
The Volvo XC60 has a solid range of towing capacities, varying according to which engine and number of driven wheels you opt for. The maximum an XC60 is rated to tow is 2,400kg and this top braked trailer towing capacity is available with petrol or diesel engines. The T6 and T8 Recharge plug-in hybrid models have a 2,250kg towing limit.
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 greener T6 and T8 plug-in models offer big company car tax savings
- 4Interior, design and technologyAnother stunning Volvo interior that’s well-made, looks great and is dominated by a fantastic 9-inch touchscreen
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingPlenty of space for all the family – the XC60 will be an easy and comfortable car to live with
- 6Reliability and SafetyGreat safety kit and a strong showing in our Driver Power survey should inspire confidence in the XC60