Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s plenty of head and legroom in the front of the Volvo S60, so most people should find it easy to get comfortable and not feel claustrophobic. The front seats don’t slide as far back as those in the BMW 3 Series, but you’d have to be very tall for it to be a problem.
Front storage is also good, with two cupholders below a lidded cubby between the front seats, a deep storage area in the front armrest, a smaller lidded cubby in front of the gearknob for your keys and decent-sized door pockets.
All S60s come with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, which fold electronically at the touch of a button. That’s fairly standard for the class but doesn’t give you the flexibility of the 40/20/40 configuration that you’ll find in the 3 Series.
The MHEV S60 has a relatively long boot by executive saloon standards, although the rival 3 Series has a taller and broader load bay. Both cars swallowed the same number of carry-on suitcases (seven) in our tests, one more than the Alfa Romeo Giulia managed.
The PHEV variant has about 36 litres less boot space because of the larger battery. It’s still bigger than the boot you get with the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid, and you’ll be able to fit in a healthy weekend shop or a set of golf clubs with ease.