Volvo claims that the XC60 feels quite ‘car like’ inside, seating its occupants lower and in a more cocooned environment than many SUVs. In reality, though, you still look down on most other road users, which is precisely what most buyers will want and expect.
The fundamental driving position is superb, thanks to plenty of adjustment in the steering wheel and the comfortable and supportive driver’s seat. Seat height and lumbar adjustment is electric on all trims, but you have to slide the seat back and forth yourself on Momentum and R-Design trims.
Meanwhile, the pedals line up neatly with the steering wheel to ensure there’s no skewed driving position, and the dashboard buttons are kept to a minimum. The only problem with this is it means you have to prod away at the touchscreen to adjust the air-conditioning; physical buttons or dials would make the process less fiddly.
Volvo XC60 visibility
The excellent view out of the Volvo XC60 is partly down to its big side windows, however it also has relatively slender windscreen pillars that make it easy to navigate roundabouts and junctions. Even the over-the-shoulder view is good by large SUV standards.
Every XC60 comes equipped with rear parking sensors, making it easier to pilot the car’s considerable bulk into tight parking space. You can also choose to add front sensors, a rear-view monitor, a 360-degree bird’s eye view camera and even Park Assist Pilot, the latter of which can automatically perform parallel parking or back you into a supermarket space.
Volvo XC60 infotainment
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. This is fine when you’re stationary, but can be rather 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 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.
Volvo XC60 build quality
When it comes to interior quality, Volvo can now count itself among the best in the business. That the XC60 is as classy an elegant inside as the larger (and more expensive) XC90 is seriously impressive, and there’s really precious little to grumble about. The liberal use of woods and metal, especially on range-topping Inscription trim, lends the XC60’s interior a wonderfully light and airy feel.
Okay, some of the interior panel gaps aren’t as millimetre perfect as they are in the rival Audi Q5, but every surface you touch feels suitably upmarket and reassuringly solid. There aren’t many physical buttons and switches (Volvo prefers a more minimalist approach) but the few there are operate slickly and feel built to last.