Volvo XC60 SUV (2008-2017) - Interior & comfort
The Volvo XC60 is an incredibly relaxing car to travel in
Comfort is an area that Volvos are known for scoring highly in and the Volvo XC60's seats are some of the most supportive available in any car. Sound insulation at high speed is excellent, too, and only a little wind noise makes its way inside.
Both the driver's seat and steering wheel offer plenty of adjustment, so getting a decent driving position is simple. The Volvo's height also gives the driver a good view of the road ahead.
Volvo XC60 dashboard
Sit in the driver's seat and the Volvo is a nice place to be. Its dashboard is logically laid out, but also stylish and the interior uses plenty of quality plastics to make it feel almost as good as the Audi Q5. Many will prefer the Volvo's Swedish design, which means it gets the company's trademark 'floating' dashboard, which looks cool and also frees up space for an extra cubbyhole behind the centre console.
Volvo separates its model range into two distinct groups – SE and R-Design. SE models have the conservative styling that might appeal to more traditional Volvo buyers, while R-Design cars have sportier looks thanks to a subtle bodykit and flashier polished alloy wheels. All models come with sat nav, a seven-inch display and powerful stereo.
SE Nav is effectively the basic XC60 trim level and comes with climate control, rear parking assistance, a power-operated tailgate and power-folding door mirrors complete with lights that illuminate the roadside. The SE comes with DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Volvo calls SE Lux Nav the XC60's "most luxurious variant" and it comes with a leather interior, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 18-inch alloy wheels and headlights that point in the direction of the steering wheel.
The R-Design models have been designed to rival sporty trim levels from rivals, such as S line trim on the Audi Q5 or the M Sport version of the BMW X3. To that end, R-Design gets 18-inch alloy wheels, a bodykit, sports seats and a leather steering wheel.
At the top of the range is the R-Design Lux model, which adds automatic parking, power-folding mirrors, a power-adjustable driver's seat and a leather interior.
The Driver Support Pack is an option worth going for. For £1,900, it adds a blind-spot warning system, adaptive cruise control – which can match the speed of the car in front – and auto-dipping headlights.