There’s no doubting the showroom appeal of the XC60’s Sensus infotainment system. The giant 9.0in touchscreen is wonderfully crisp and bright and, rather unusually, is set into the dashboard in portrait rather than landscape orientation.
However, the fact it’s a touchscreen means you have to accurately press icons, some of which are rather small, and swipe between the various menus. This is fine when you’re stationary, but can be both annoying and distracting while you’re driving. That’s the main reason that other premium manufacturers, such as Audi and BMW, have instead opted for a more user-friendly rotary dial controller between the front seats.
Following the sat-nav (standard on all trims) is harder than in some rivals, too, because it’s sometimes hard to see exactly which road you’re supposed to take. A DAB radio, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker stereo comes as standard, but you have to pay extra for Apple Carplay and Android auto smartphone mirroring.
The optional Bowers and Wilkins stereo delivers seriously crisp and punchy sound quality, but you’ll have to really love your music to consider it because it’s very expensive.