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Volvo XC60 SUV - Interior & comfort

Stunning materials and design set the Volvo XC60 interior apart in the class

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Owners of the previous Volvo XC60 will be rightly bowled over by the new model, which leads the class for interior quality and design. It might have a lot of hand-me-down trim and technology from the XC90, but as that SUV had one of our favourite interiors, that’s no reason to complain.

Comfort is a highlight, too, with excellent refinement, ride quality and seats ensuring you’ll get out of the Volvo feeling refreshed. While it might not be very sporty to drive, the air suspension does smooth out bumps even with large alloy wheels fitted, and the diesel engine we tried was barely audible at cruising speeds.

Volvo XC60 dashboard

After Tesla pioneered the portrait-orientated infotainment screen, Volvo introduced its Sensus system with the XC90 and it’s fitted as standard here. The nine-inch touchscreen is clear and controls almost every aspect of the car, from the sat nav to the stereo and climate control, and while it takes a while to get used to, we found it works well. However, not everyone will love using a touchscreen on the move because it can be distracting.

Because of the lower driving position, you feel closer to the dashboard than in the XC90, and every material is of fantastic quality. Volvo has also done a great job of putting every control exactly where you expect it, taking some of the stress out of driving.

Equipment

Even the standard XC60 Momentum trim level is packed with equipment, with all the basics like Bluetooth connectivity, sat nav, cruise control and climate control ticked off, along with items like a powered tailgate and TFT digital instrument gauge that you might not expect to be standard.

There’s also a Pro upgrade for each trim – this adds features like a heated steering wheel, heated windscreen, powered driver’s seat, Active Bending Headlights, a head-up display and the Volvo On Call concierge service.

Step up to the R-Design trim and the XC60 essentially gets a sportier theme, with 19-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust pipes, sports pedals and a black headlining to set the tone, along with sports suspension to sharpen up the drive. The instrument cluster is also given the full 12.3-inch digital display. Add the Pro pack and the wheels grow to a massive 21 inches in diameter, the standard suspension is replaced with adaptive air suspension and you gain convenience features like electric memory seats.

The range-topping Inscription and Inscription Pro trims make the XC60 even more luxurious, swapping sporty-looking materials for Nappa leather, ‘Driftwood’ inlays and chrome exterior trim. The interior is bathed in ambient lighting and there’s even a massage function for the front seats.

The starting price for an entry-level XC60 is about £2,500 more than that of an equivalent Jaguar F-Pace, but the Volvo gets a bit more equipment as standard, like auto-folding heated mirrors and full LED headlights.

Options

Volvo offers a number of option packs that bundle together similar kit, including the handy Winter Pack with headlight washers, a heated windscreen, heated steering wheel and heated ‘Aqua’ windscreen wiper blades for a reasonable £525.

If you spend a lot of time on the motorway, we’d recommend the £1,500 Intellisafe Pro Pack, as it brings Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving (at up to 80mph), adaptive cruise control, blind spot warnings, rear cross traffic alert and rear collision mitigation.

Adding adaptive air suspension costs £1,500 and a retractable towbar is £1,000. If you drive in the city, the bird’s-eye reversing camera could be useful and costs £700.

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