Volvo S60 saloon - Interior & comfort
Stunning interior design and quality is a Volvo S60 hallmark
Volvo has become one of the brands to beat when it comes to interior design and comfort, but sporty versions we've driven so far – including the plug-in hybrid models – have a rather firm ride that detracts from the car's ability on long motorway journeys.
Volvo S60 dashboard
There's little to separate the S60's interior from the Volvo V60, and those familiar with the Swedish brand will recognise elements of the luxurious Volvo S90 saloon and flagship Volvo XC90 SUV. It's all the more impressive considering you are essentially getting the same as those cars but spending less.
As with its stablemates, attention to detail in the S60 is impressive. The materials used inside are close to best in class - the soft-touch dashboard materials are tactile and attractive, while materials in less visible places seems tough and robust.
The 9.3-inch touchscreen 'Sensus' infotainment screen is far from the biggest you'll find in this size of car, but being portrait-oriented gives it a look all of its own. It's simple to use too, responding to pinch and zoom gestures like a smartphone, with information prioritised in importance and complexity from top to bottom, with the simplest, most frequent operations at the top of the screen.
It looks after climate control and other comfort and convenience features, as well as music and navigation, and there's a voice control system to help you keep your eyes on the road when making adjustments. We can't help feel a little disappointed that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are only available as part of a fairly expensive technology pack.
The S60 is currently available in three trim levels called R-Design Plus, Inscription Plus and Polestar Engineered. The petrol T5 model is available in R-Design Plus and Inscription Plus trim levels, while the T8 hybrid is available as an R-Design Plus or Polestar Engineered model.
R-Design Plus comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a sporty bodykit, a driver’s head-up display, lowered suspension, adaptive LED headlights, sports steering wheel, gloss black exterior trim, keyless go, power door mirrors, two-zone climate control and heated front seats.
The Inscription Plus model focuses on luxury, so there is more wood and leather for the interior, chrome touches for the outside of the car and power seats. The hybrid-only Polestar Engineered trim brings 19-inch alloy wheels, performance tweaks for the chassis, Polestar styling upgrades, a head-up display and a Harman Kardon sound system.
You can choose the 'Intellisafe Pro' package that includes Volvo's Pilot Assist system. This combines active cruise control and lane keeping assist to maintain a preset distance from the car in front, as well as to prevent the car from wandering out of its lane. Volvo regards this as 'semi autonomous' tech, but you still need to keep a grip on the wheel and pay attention to the road at all times. Blind-spot assist and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors are also included in the Intellisafe Pro pack.
There's also a convenience pack that adds power folding rear seats and headrest, a 230-volt socket in the centre console and net storage on the centre console. The 'Xenium' pack adds a 360-degree parking camera, parking assist and a panoramic sunroof, while a Harman Kardon/Bowers and Wilkins pack (which one it is will depend on the base model you're buying) includes smartphone integration and a upgraded stereo system.
Individual options include a rear parking camera, a type two charge cable for the hybrid models, heated rear seats, and a range of wheel designs and metallic paints.