Volvo V60 estate - Interior & comfort
The Volvo V60 has a cool and well stocked interior, laden with tech
Hop inside the V60 and it feels as well-finished and relaxing as we’ve come to expect from the Swedish manufacturer’s models since the arrival of the Volvo XC90 SUV. There’s a little less opulence than the pricier V90, with more soft-touch plastic as opposed to wood and metal, but you’re only like to notice if you run between them in the showroom.
Volvo V60 dashboard
The dashboard is an all-digital affair, dominated by a portrait 9.7-inch touchscreen that’s attractive, but also attracts fingerprints, so you might want to keep a cloth handy. Its user interface isn’t quite as quick to use as a control wheel, but Volvo has beefed up the processor to make it more responsive to your prods. Analogue dials have also been replaced by digital ones, with clear and intuitive graphics. We only wish the plastic used on the centre console didn’t let the side down, with a cheap look and feel.
At launch, just two Momentum and Inscription trims were available, but a sportier R-Design version has since arrived to rival Audi’s A4 Avant S line and BMW 3 Series Touring M Sport trims. Meanwhile, the tough-looking V60 Cross Country offers a genuine rough-road capability, thanks to its four-wheel drive, raised ground clearance and rugged bumpers to help fend off the elements.
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You can also upgrade Momentum, R-Design and Inscription with a 'Pro' standard equipment boost, or choose from an increasing number (for Volvo) of optional extras. Even standard kit is generous, with desirable features like sat-nav, LED headlights and a large touchscreen infotainment system. Keyless entry and a powered tailgate will also boost convenience, as will rear parking sensors. Using the Volvo On Call smartphone app, it’s also possible to summon help in an emergency, send destinations to the sat-nav, unlock the car remotely, check trip information and even track the car if it’s stolen.
R-Design adds desirable extras like sports seats, keyless entry, heated front seats and a heated sports steering wheel. A black headliner, sports pedals and R-Design scuff plates complete the look. It also comes with firmer suspension, however, which might not suit everyone.
Inscription essentially makes the V60 more opulent, adding leather upholstery, chrome trim, armrests and theatrical ambient lighting, along with stylish 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. The Pro version of both trims adds hands-free opening to the tailgate, adaptive headlights, a head-up display and heated everything – seats, steering wheel and even wiper blades.
Volvo has clearly been studying the German competition, because an increasing amount of kit is optional, and adding desirable equipment can soon see the V60’s price rocket upwards. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a £300 extra, while packs include the £1,300 winter kit, adding heated front seats, a heated windscreen and wipers and headlight cleaning jets. Intellisafe Pro adds driving assistance features such as Pilot Assist and blind spot warnings for around £1,700 and the Convenience pack introduces power folding rear seats, a 12-volt boot socket, 230-volt three-pin plug in the centre console, bag holder and luggage nets for £500. Lastly, the Xenium pack adds an opening panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera and automatic parking function for £2,000.