Volvo S60 Interior
The quality of the 2015 Volvo S60’s interior materials impress automotive journalists, as does its attractive styling. They agree that the S60’s front seats are remarkably supportive, but note that its rear seats are cramped. The Volvo S60’s trunk is also small for the class, and critics write that the S60’s infotainment system is harder to use than those in rivals.
- "Pulling the door handle, flicking the turn signal, and rotating the volume knob impart a sense of quality and substance, as does the leather upholstery and well-finished plastic surfaces of varying textures." -- Forbes
- "Still, we find the interior to be well-appointed, with lots of soft-touch materials and tasteful metallic accents." -- AutoTrader
- "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 (2014)
- "The S60 T5 AWD is good-looking inside and out. The lines are crisp, clean and elegant. That approach carries over into the interior with its stylish dash, muted accents and high quality materials." -- Road and Track (2013)
The 2015 Volvo S60 seats five and comes standard with eight-way power-adjustable front seats and power-folding rear head restraints. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Most reviewers agree that the S60’s front seats are exceptionally comfortable and supportive. However, they write that the rear seats are tight for adults, and some say that even shorter passengers will feel cramped unless the front seats are adjusted far forward.
- "Volvo interiors have long been among the nicest, and the 2015 Volvo S60 is no exception, with comfy, supportive front bucket seats that your orthopedic doctor would love." -- AutoTrader
- "The front seats are noteworthy for their comfort and support. While the back seat isn't super spacious, there is just enough headroom and legroom for tall people to sit comfortably without being too cramped." -- Forbes
- "One of the most enduring attractions for Volvos has been their comfortable and highly supportive seats, and the 2015 S60 maintains that reputation, with T5 and T6 sedans fitted with standard sports-inspired seats that are engineered and built for the long-haul ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2014)
Standard features in the 2015 Volvo S60 include an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary inputs, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system and Volvo’s City Safety system, which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds to help prevent a collision. Sensus Connect, which offers smartphone app integration and a Wi-Fi hot spot, is standard on 2015.5 models. Available features include a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, an upgraded audio system, proximity key, a moonroof and navigation. Other available features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, driver drowsiness monitoring, a blind spot information system, a new active lane keeping assistance system, a new parallel parking assistance system and a road sign information system, which can give the driver alerts based on information it scans from road signs.
Critics note that the 2015 Volvo S60 is available with a wide range of driver assistance features. However, they also write that the S60’s Sensus infotainment system has a smaller screen and a slower, less user-friendly interface than many rival systems. They wish its on-screen menus were less confusing, and that the controller knob was easier to use. Some reviewers also point out that these shortcomings can make Sensus distracting to use while driving.
- "The touchscreen that comes with the optional navigation system looks small compared to those of other premium cars. The menus are also not that intuitive." -- Forbes
- "As you would expect, the instrumentation is easy to see and mostly logical to operate, although the single-knob controller for the infotainment system isn't very intuitive." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "It is available with a plethora of safety tech that will henpeck you into being a safer, more attentive driver, but its infotainment and navigation system requires quite a bit of visual and physical attention and will let drivers fiddle with complex functions, such as destination search, at highway speeds." -- CNET
- "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 2015 Volvo S60’s trunk measures 12 cubic feet, which is a tad small for the class. The S60 comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats. A few reviewers note that the trunk’s low liftover height makes access a breeze.
- "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)