In-depth Reviews

Volvo S60 saloon - Practicality & boot space

Volvo S60 plug-in hybrids offer the same balance of passenger and luggage space as petrol model

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Practicality & boot space Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Volvo S60 can't match its V60 estate sister for sheer versatility, but it’s certainly competitive where it comes to passenger comfort. Some rivals offer more boot space but the plug-in hybrid versions of the S60 offer no less boot space than the petrol models.

Volvo S60 interior space & storage

The Volvo S60 is slightly longer than its BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class rivals but its extra length doesn't really bring any drawbacks. It doesn't feel particularly cumbersome on urban streets, and is relatively easy to manoeuvre, especially if you have the optional self-parking pack.

The front seats are extremely supportive and offer enough adjustment to make it easy for most drivers to find a decent seating position, and the front passenger has plenty of room in which to stretch out. A curvaceous roofline means the S60 isn't quite as generous on headroom as the square-backed V60, particularly for those in the rear seats, but you'll need to be well over six feet tall before you begin to brush your head on the ceiling. If you are tall, it's worth avoiding the panoramic sunroof, which reduces headroom slightly.

Rear seat legroom, meanwhile, is at least a match for the Audi A4, but the middle rear passenger may find the central 'tunnel' a little intrusive – it's quite bulky and leaves little space for feet.

Boot space

Unlike conventional four-wheel drive cars that have a propeller shaft to transmit engine power to the rear wheels, the T8 TwinEngine uses an electric motor. With no propshaft to fill the tunnel that runs through the passenger compartment, the space freed up has been used for the plug-in hybrid's lithium-ion battery pack, which means it doesn't impinge on luggage space.

The result is 442 litres of space in the boot, which is a lower figure than the 480 litres boasted by the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class. It drops further for cars equipped with a spare wheel in place of a puncture repair kit, with only 390 litres available. This figure only just beats the 375 litres of the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid.

Most Popular

Top 10 best small estates 2021
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
22 Sep 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year
2022 Citroen Ami
Citroen Ami
21 Sep 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed
Toyota RAV4 Adventure
Toyota RAV4
14 Sep 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks