Space & practicality

Volvo V60 review

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Volvo V60
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10 Apr 2017 10:10 | Last updated: 16 Oct 2018 11:12

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

There’s no doubting that the standard steel roof is the best for lanky occupants; the optional panoramic glass sunroof may shower the interior with sunlight, but it also nicks quite a bit of head room. It’s not too bad, but if you’re well over six feet tall, it’s something to think about before placing your order. Otherwise, front leg room is first class, as is the interior width, so you can get your elbow out without irking your passenger.

It’s the same story in the rear. That panoramic roof can make taller folk feel a little hemmed in, but leg room is much better than that in its chief rivals, such as the Audi A4 Avant, Mercedes C-Class Estate and BMW 3 Series Touring. Indeed, the only estate with more space at this price is the Skoda Superb.

Storage space is generally good, with plenty of sizeable cubbies, compartments and a decent glovebox, although the doors bins are a little small. It’s also worth pointing out that the optional CD player eats into the cubby under the centre armrest.

If you’re thinking the SUV route is the only way to get a decent boot these days, think again: the V60 is a worthy alternative. The standard electrically operated tailgate opens to reveal 529 litres of space with the rear seats up – that’s more than its obvious rivals and easily enough to cope with buggies or a couple of large suitcases.

There’s more space available under the floor if you don’t order a spare wheel and, of course, you can drop the rear seats to make even more space for longer items. The seats fold completely flat to the floor and, if you option the Convenience Pack, can be done by simply pressing a couple of buttons just inside the tailgate. This pack also adds a flip-up load bar divider with hooks to hang your shopping bags and a 12V socket in the boot. It’s an option that’s well worth having.

 

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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
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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
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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
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R DESIGN
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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
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R DESIGN pro
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Cross Country
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