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. For the 2021 facelift, there's also a new vegan leather-trimmed steering wheel and a touch-control overhead panel for the sunroof.
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 has been reworked with a new Android Automotive operating system, which is a big improvement over the old software. There are still too many submenus but "Hey Google" voice commands work well, and can take care of most tasks like turning on heated seats, playing media and putting a route in the sat nav without the driver having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The navigation is now taken care of with Google Maps, making it very user-friendly and familiar.
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 displayed in the instruments.
From early 2022 the Volvo XC60 Recharge range was slimmed down from six to three main trim levels, which are restricted depending on the model chosen.
Core is offered with the B5 petrol and T6 Recharge, and is hardly miserly, with kit including 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and LED headlights. Plus is also available with the B4 diesel engine, and brings adaptive cruise control, hands-free opening for the boot, a heated windscreen and luxuries like a Harman Kardon stereo with 13 speakers.
Ultimate is restricted to T8 Recharge and B5 petrol versions and builds on the Plus version with Nappa leather upholstery, adaptive headlights, air suspension, a head-up display and a Bowers and Wilkins sound system with 14 speakers and a 1,100-watt output.
Plus and Ultimate trims can also be specified in either a Dark or Bright them. Dark sees exterior trim given a gloss black finish, including the front grille and surround, while Bright features chrome for a less aggressive and more upmarket exterior style.
Along with the arrival of new trims in 2022 to replace the outgoing Momentum, R-Design and Inscription versions of the XC60, the number of options was also slashed. Buyers are now restricted to choosing the paint finish, different designs of alloy wheels and between a few types of upholstery for the seats. A retractable towbar, integrated child seats, a spare wheel and privacy glass are also practical options to consider.