Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid - Interior & Comfort
The Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid has a splendid interior, whichever trim you choose
The Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid helps cement Volvo’s reputation as a premium manufacturer. It’s beautifully built, tastefully designed and very well equipped. Yes, the Recharge hybrid is significantly more expensive than the rest of the XC60 range, but the trim levels it’s available with are very luxurious and shouldn’t leave you feeling short-changed.
Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid dashboard
If you’ve sat in or seen the normal XC60 – or its larger XC90 brother for that matter – you’ll know what to expect in the Recharge models: a luxurious and tasteful dashboard with excellent fit and finish, and high-quality materials throughout.
You start the engine by turning a pleasingly tactile knurled metal knob by the gearlever, while a similar finish is given to the driving mode selector next to it. Both are lovely things to touch, although as you roll the mode selector to your chosen setting (AWD, Pure, Hybrid, Power or Off Road) before pushing to confirm your selection, it’s too easy to select the wrong mode when you’re trying to confirm the one you’ve highlighted.
Volvo’s Sensus portrait infotainment touchscreen system handles most of the car’s heating, ventilation, mapping and entertainment functions. It’s very slick, with crisp graphics, but it can be a little too involved, with deep layers of submenus. You’ll get used to it the more time you spend with it, but BMW’s iDrive and Mercedes’ COMAND systems are simpler to use.
The XC60 Recharge is slightly different from a conventional automatic, with a sprung gearlever that always returns to its central position - unlike a traditional automatic box that stays in position when you select drive, park or reverse.
That means if you’re in Drive and want to go into reverse, you need to push it forward once to select neutral, then again to select reverse. This is no hardship, but it’s worth noting you can’t tell what drive mode is selected just by checking where the lever physically is, as it always rests in the same position – you need to look at the telltale R, N, and D letters on the central console.
The Volvo XC60 Recharge range is available in six trim levels, which are restricted depending on the model chosen. The entry-level T6 engine is limited to the Inscription Expression, Inscription and R-Design trims, while the more powerful T8 can be had in R-Design Pro, Inscription Pro or in the flagship Polestar Engineered trim. Every version is well-equipped with cruise control, a leather steering wheel, a powered tailgate, LED headlights, adjustable air suspension, a heated steering wheel, a nine-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital dashboard display, heated leather sports seats, sat nav and a 10-speaker 330w stereo.
In addition to this list of standard equipment, the base Inscription Expression trim gets 18-inch alloy wheels, gloss black trim on the front grille and chrome exterior trim. Inscription is plusher and brings softer leather and a ventilation function for the seats, as well 19-inch alloys.
Opting for Inscription Pro adds larger 20-inch alloys wheels, puddle lights, keyless drive, headlight washers and a head-up-display.
R-Design cars have a sportier theme with 19-inch alloys wheels, a mesh front grille, gloss black exterior trim, a sports steering wheel and lower suspension. R-Design Pro comes with adaptive LED headlights, a head-up-display and 21-inch alloy wheels.
The flagship Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered model gets several cosmetic changes, including front and rear ‘Polestar’ badges, gold seatbelts and black chrome exhaust pipes. Upgraded brakes, 21-inch alloy wheels and a Harmon Kardon stereo also feature.
There are three option packs for the XC60. The £1,500 Intellisafe Pro bundle brings a semi-autonomous experience thanks to adaptive cruise control and Steer Assist, as well as cross-traffic alert (which scans for obstacles when reversing) and lane-keeping assistance.
The Convenience Pack brings power-folding rear seats and a divider for the boot and rear seats for £400, while the Xenium Pack comprises a 360-degree bird’s-eye camera and a self-parking system, and costs £1,000.
Individual options include heated rear seats for £200, a retractable tow bar for £995 and front parking sensors for £325. As the XC60 is a large car, this last option is worth having.