Interior layout

Volvo V60 review

Manufacturer price from:£32,410
What Car? Target Price:£29,965
Search new deals
Volvo V60
Review continues below...
10 Apr 2017 10:10 | Last updated: 16 Oct 2018 11:12

In this review

Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

As is typical with Volvo, you get a supremely comfortable driver’s seat with power adjustment if you step up to Inscription or any Pro trim. Most importantly, whichever version you choose, you will find bundles of movement to the seat and steering wheel; and because the pedals line up perfectly with both, you feel wonderfully relaxed behind the wheel. That’s not always the case with its rivals, because the Audi A4 Avant, Mercedes C-Class Estate and BMW 3 Series Touring all serve up slightly offset pedals and/or bulges in their transmission tunnels.

Seeing out is fairly easy, thanks to relatively thin front and rear pillars, plus you get rear parking sensors standard on all models (front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a 360deg camera system are available). It’s easy to see at night, too, because high-intensity LED headlights are fitted to all models, with adaptive LED headlights standard on higher trims.

All V60s come with a 12.3in screen that replaces traditional analogue dials for digital instruments that you’d have to pay extra for in an A4. However, in the V60, these digital instruments aren’t quite as configurable as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, but they still deliver plenty of useful information – including media, telephone and navigation data – right in front of the driver. A head-up display is standard on Momentum Pro and Inscription Pro trims, to help keep you focused on the road ahead.

Volvo is making quite a name for itself when it comes to great interiors and the V60 is no exception. Material quality is very near to the benchmark A4’s in terms of sturdiness and is better than that of the C-Class and 3 Series. And despite its minimalist Scandi design, the interior is sumptuous, as well as light and airy next to its often glummer German equals.

Mind you, minimalism has its drawbacks. As with other Volvos, the dashboard is ruled by a 9.0in tablet-style touchscreen that has allowed the designers to slash the number of buttons to create an uncluttered feel. While it looks great, you tend to miss the intuitiveness and less distracting nature of physical buttons.

You see, swiping, pinching and scrolling – just like you do with an iPad – is fine when you’re stationary; on the move, it means simple tasks, such as changing the radio station or tapping an address into the sat-nav, require you to glance away from the road. That’s why we prefer the less distracting rotary dial-controlled infotainment systems that Audi and BMW use.

Still, at least the screen is ultra-sharp and there is a voice-activated system to operate some functions. You also get plenty of features, including standard sat-nav and a DAB radio. There’s also Volvo On Call, an app that lets you operate certain functions from your smartphone – for example, to remotely preheat or cool the interior, or send an address to the sat-nav. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are available as an option.

The default stereo is a 10-speaker system, which audio buffs can upgrade to a punchier 600W, 14-speaker Harman Kardon unit. Those who are really serious about their music have the further option of a Bowers & Wilkins system with 15 speakers and 1100W – but be warned, it’s not cheap.

 

Volvo V60
open the gallery19 Images
There are 8 trims available for the V60 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
OUR PICK
Momentum
This entry-level trim is the one we’d choose, because it still has plenty of kit. You get 17in alloy wheels, a 9.0in touchscreen with sat-nav, a 10-speaker stereo, a 12.3in digital instrument displ...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£29,965
Average Saving £2,445
View Trim
Momentum Pro
This adds a head-up display, keyless entry, a hands-free powered tailgate, adaptive LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and leather-faced upholstery to Momentum’s spec...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£32,041
Average Saving £2,620
View Trim
Inscription
This adds to the accoutrements you get on Momentum, plus electrically adjustable front seats (with memory and four-way adjustable lumbar support), interior wood inlays, leather-faced upholstery, el...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£33,194
Average Saving £2,716
View Trim
R DESIGN
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£35,410
View Trim
Inscription Pro
This trim augments Inscription with a head-up display, keyless entry, 19in alloy wheels, powered front seat bolster adjustment, a hands-free powered tailgate, adaptive LED headlights, a heated stee...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£35,961
Average Saving £2,949
View Trim
R DESIGN pro
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£37,660
View Trim
Cross Country
We have not written anything about this yet...View trim
Fuel Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£38,270
View Trim
R DESIGN pro
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£40,020
View Trim