You wouldn’t expect to have issues fitting in the front of such a big car, and you won’t, even if you’re really tall. The front seats slide back a long way to accommodate those unusually long in the leg, and there’s loads of head room, too, even if you decide to go for the optional panoramic glass roof.
Admittedly, the same goes for most of the XC60’s rivals, such as the Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery Sport, but Volvo’s penchant for light-coloured interiors gives the impression of even more space than there actually is.
As for stowage, there’s a deep bin beneath the centre armrest and a further cubby behind the gearlever that has a sliding cover to keep valuables out of sight. Meanwhile, the door pockets are easily big enough for a one-litre bottle of water or a big sport drink bottle.
Volvo XC60 rear space
Even very tall folk sitting in the back will appreciate how much space there is in front of their knees and above their heads. Head room remains impressive even if you decide to add the optional panoramic glass roof, which isn’t the case in some competitors.
The XC60 is also broader inside than many of its key rivals, which means shoulder room for three adults sitting side-by-side is surprisingly good. However, whoever gets the middle seat will have to straddle a raised tunnel that runs along the floor.
All versions of the XC60 have five seats, which is par for the course in this class. However, the rival Land Rover Discovery Sport has an extra couple of pews right at the back; useful on those rare occasions you need to carry seven.
Volvo XC60 seating flexibility
The XC60 gets all the basic seating flexibility tricks. You get 60/40 split-folding rear seats as standard, which can be dropped at the touch of a button (much like those in the Mercedes GLC) if you fork out for the optional Convenience Pack, saving you the job of hauling the seatbacks down yourself.
However, it’s a shame the seatbacks aren’t split in a 40/20/40 layout like they are in the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It’s also a pity you can’t have sliding and reclining rear seats – again, this handy feature is standard on the Land Rover and optional on the Audi Q5.
Volvo XC60 boot space
This is another area the XC60 can’t quite cut it with the class best. Officially, there’s 505 litres of space to play with, about 10% less than you get in an Audi Q5 or a BMW X3. That’s mainly because the boot is quite shallow.
However, it’s still plenty big enough for most families’ needs and will easily swallow a couple of large suitcases or several big bags of compost. There’s no lip to negotiate at the boot entrance, either, and folding down the 60/40 split rear seatbacks leaves a completely flat extended load bay free from annoying steps or crevices.
The fact the XC60’s load bay is a uniform shape with no major wheelarch intrusion also helps, and all trims come with a through-load hatch in the middle rear seat for carrying skis or other long, narrow items. You also get a powered tailgate.