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MSRP: $35,750 - $50,750
Invoice: $33,605 - $47,705
MPG: 24 City / 31 Hwy
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Volvo XC60 Interior

Test drivers praise the 2015 Volvo XC60 for its simple, elegant interior that features high-quality materials, including soft-touch surfaces, as well as available wood trim and two-tone leather upholstery. They say all seats are comfortable and its rear seat offers plenty of room for adults. According to automotive journalists, the XC60's audio and climate controls are convenient and easy to use on lower trims, but some say the optional navigation system complicates some audio functions.

  • "As with other Volvos, the XC60's cabin is defined by modern yet inviting design indicative of its Swedish homeland. The shape of the ‘floating’ center stack and available real wood trim are particularly distinctive, and there's certainly no mistaking the XC60 for anything else in the segment. Another Volvo hallmark is the sublimely comfortable and supportive front seats." -- Edmunds
  • "As befitting a Swedish automobile, the XC60's interior is sleek and understated." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "All of the vehicles contending in this class have attractive, comfortable interiors, and the XC60 measures up well in that regard. The front seats-heated, cream-and-black leather-clad in our example-are heavenly, the sound system is first-rate, and there are plenty of connectivity options." -- Car and Driver
  • "The XC60 offers room for up to five passengers with a level of comfort and luxury that can rival well-established competitors from Germany and Japan. The dashboard boasts soft-touch materials, leather and real wood trim." -- Left Lane News

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Seating

The 2015 Volvo XC60 seats five and comes standard with power-adjustable front seats. Optional features include integrated child booster seats, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel. Automotive writers agree that the 2015 XC60's front seats remain comfortable during long-distance travel. Its rear seat is exceptionally spacious for the class and has plenty of head- and legroom, they report. Still, some critics note that, unlike some rivals, the XC60's rear seatbacks don’t recline.

  • "The rear seat is particularly roomy as smaller crossovers go, with a high seat cushion, above-average headroom and decent legroom for adults. Unfortunately, the seatbacks do not recline, but parents and kids alike will appreciate the available integrated child booster seats that pop up from the seat bottom." -- Edmunds
  • "The XC60's front seats aren't as stellar as those in the S60 sedan, but they're close. Volvo's trademark combination of simplicity and long-distance support is certainly present in these chairs." -- AutoTrader
  • "While the XC60 is a generally pleasant place to be for hauls both long and short, there are some traits that aren't so endearing. For one, although it's quiet enough on smooth pavement, the XC60 gets a little too loud inside on rough surfaces due to noise transmitted through the suspension." -- Car and Driver
  • "Contrasting colors adorn seats and door panels, and the bucket-style front seats are very comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2015 Volvo XC60 include an eight-speaker audio system, Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a USB/iPod input and satellite radio. All XC60 models also come with City Safety, which can automatically apply the brakes in attempt to avoid a low-speed collision. Volvo's upgraded Sensus Connect infotainment system comes standard on 2015.5 XC60 models, which provides smartphone app integration and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include a voice-controlled navigation system, front and rear park assist, a 12-speaker Dolby Pro-Logic II surround sound audio system and a dual-screen, rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Other optional features include a rearview camera, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a driver drowsiness detection system and collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection, which uses radar to scan for cyclists or pedestrians in your path and apply the brakes if necessary.

Test drivers say the XC60's ‘mode man’ climate controls make it easy for passengers to adjust the direction of air flow. Audio controls are also intuitive, they add. However, critics think the available navigation system and the multifunction knob used to control features like audio selections are difficult to use.

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  • "… the sound system is first-rate, and there are plenty of connectivity options." -- Car and Driver
  • "The audio system's phone-style number pad and surrounding buttons may look a bit antiquated in the luxury class these days, but they're simple and make controlling basic stereo functions easy. For more complicated tasks like selecting a media player playlist, programming the optional navigation system or controlling more complicated vehicle functions, the XC60 relies on the standard Sensus system. It, too, is fairly easy to use and similar to competitor systems, though the multipurpose knob's location on the dash (rather than the center console) is not ideal." -- Edmunds
  • "A new dash layout includes an available TFT adaptable digital instrument cluster that allows the driver to select different settings and colors. Still onboard is Volvo's clever ventilation control in the shape of a person sitting down. To direct air to your upper body, just hit the figure's ‘head;’ touch the legs, and air moves to the foot-wells." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The area of the XC60 that needs improvement is the control interface for the radio and navigation system. Kudos to Volvo for the air flow icon that makes it easy to route the heat to where it's needed in the cabin. But the panel full of small buttons, combined with a knob to scroll and select menu options, is hard to master at a glance." -- AutoWeek (2013)

Cargo

The 2015 XC60 has 30.8 cubic feet of space with the rear seat in use. With 67.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded, the Volvo XC60 offers more overall cargo space than most rivals. Test drivers say the cargo hold feels cavernous, even with the rear seat in use. They also like the versatility of the 40/20/40-split rear seat. However, a few critics report that small-item and under-floor storage are lacking.

  • "To accommodate cargo, the versatile 40/20/40-split rear seat can be folded in a number of different ways. Maximum cargo space is 67 cubic feet, which is a good number for this class." -- Edmunds
  • "Fold back down the versatile 40/20/40 split rear seat and you'll enjoy 67.4 cu ft of cargo space -- a robust figure for a vehicle of this type. Even with the seat back fully in place, there's still 30.8 cu ft of room behind it." -- AutoTrader
  • "The cargo area seems huge, it's easy to reach into and grab stuff up against the seatbacks, and the power liftgate is handy when you're rolling up with a loaded Costco cart." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "Plenty spacious with the rear seat backs raised. Folding them creates an even larger cargo hold with a flat floor. Awkward positioning of the spare tire limits space under the floor. The interior is nothing special for storage, with fairly roomy door pockets, but a somewhat small glovebox and center console." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 7/28/14

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