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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $32,400 - $45,700
Invoice: $30,456 - $42,958
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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Volvo S60 Interior

The 2014 Volvo S60’s interior impresses reviewers with high-quality materials and a stylish, yet simple layout. They say the front seats are comfortable but the rear seats are cramped. Test drivers also write that the S60’s controls are straightforward. The S60 is available with a number of driver assistance and safety features, such as adaptive cruise control and pedestrian and cyclist detection.

  • "Offering room for up to five passengers, the S60 features a well-laid out cabin that puts a big emphasis on comfort and ergonomics." -- Left Lane News
  • "The heavier graining on the dash and doors won't suit everyone, but there's no denying that the interior leather, vinyl and plastic are quality materials." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "That approach carries over into the interior with its stylish dash, muted accents and high quality materials." -- Road and Track (2013)
  • "The S60's nicely quiet interior has remained unchanged since introduction, and that's a good thing." -- Autoblog (2013)

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Seating

The Volvo S60 seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a power-adjustable passenger’s seat and sport seats. Reviewers say that the front seats of the Volvo are comfortable and supportive, but the rear seats are not spacious enough to comfortably fit adults.

  • "Driver's was excellent. Front passenger's not quite as good. Back was absurdly cramped. No good for any but short folks and only then if short people are in front, too." -- USA Today
  • "One of the most enduring attractions for Volvos has been their comfortable and highly supportive seats, and the 2014 S60 maintains that reputation, with T5 and T6 models fitted with standard sports-inspired seats that are engineered and built for the long-haul ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seats are broad and comfortable, though we did find they lack a measure of lateral support that would've been welcome as we caned the Ice White Gothenburger around the mountain roads of northern Utah and southwestern Wyoming." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "The rear seat remains a bit tight for adults, but on the whole, accommodations are no worse than the BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, among others." -- Autoblog (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Volvo S60’s standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary inputs, HD Radio and an eight-speaker sound system. Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system also comes standard and includes a 7-inch screen. Available features include a moonroof, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system and an Audyssey 12-speaker surround-sound audio system. A number of driver assistance and safety systems are also available, including adaptive cruise control, a backup camera, a front-facing camera that displays a 180-degree view, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and a road sign information system, which can give the driver alerts based on information it scans from road signs, such as speed limit and “no passing” signs.

Test drivers agree that the S60 has simple, logically-arranged controls. One reviewer praises the navigation system for its bright, colorful display and effective traffic-based rerouting feature. Another says the optional Audyssey sound system has very good sound quality. However, some critics think that Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, which controls the navigation and audio functions, is not as easy to use as the systems found in Volvo’s competitors.

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  • "As you would expect, the instrumentation is easy to see and logical to operate, and sound quality from the audio system, thanks to the application of Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ technology, is clear and crisp throughout the range." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The straightforward dual-temperature adjustment dials and ‘mode man’ pictogram make climate control adjustments simple and intuitive." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "We're not huge on Volvo's infotainment system. It's not particularly quick or intuitive to use. The other European premium marques all do a better job here, as does Infiniti, whose outgoing G25 was considered a prime target for conquest by the Sino-Swedes." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "The maps on the non-touch LCD are well-defined, bright, and colorful. And we found route guidance was very aggressive about avoiding traffic problems, offering a detour when it detected trouble ahead." -- CNET (2012)

Cargo

The 2014 Volvo S60 has 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly less than what many upscale midsize cars offer. The Lexus ES has a 15.2 cubic-foot trunk, while the Buick Regal has 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space. Still, reviewers say that the S60’s trunk space is easy to access. The S60 does feature 60/40 split-folding rear seats and an optional fold-flat passenger seat, which can expand the cargo area.

  • "The trunk's 12-cubic-foot capacity is a bit small for the class as well, but a low liftover height makes it easy to access the space." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Trunk space is in keeping with the luxury compacts as a whole - on the small side." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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