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MSRP: $34,850 - $49,800
Invoice: $32,759 - $46,812
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy
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Volvo XC60 Interior

Test drivers agree the 2014 Volvo XC60's cabin feels upscale and modern with soft, high-quality materials that are well-constructed. They’re particularly fond of the real wood trim. One reviewer points out that premium insulation keeps the cabin quiet. All seats are comfortable, reviewers report, and there’s a good amount of room in the rear seat. Automotive writers find that the climate controls are clearly labeled and intuitive to use but some note the audio and navigation systems are harder to master due to small buttons and a cramped display screen. Cargo space is excellent for the class.

  • "Volvo has been making an effort in recent years to give its vehicles some interior flair, and the five-passenger XC60 is the brand's best result yet. The thin-panel center stack -- which comes with metallic trim as standard and real wood trim as an option -- combines with optional two-tone upholstery to make the XC60's cabin look both modern and inviting." -- Edmunds
  • "As befitting a Swedish automobile, the XC60's interior is sleek and understated." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its classy look inside is emphasized more for 2014 with new wood inlays and a new ceiling headliner." -- Cars.com
  • "Everything is pleasing to the eye and touch, and all well crafted." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "The well-insulated cabin of the XC60 made it easy to hear music, showing its premium car construction." -- CNET (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 XC60 seats five and comes standard with a power-adjustable driver seat with memory functions and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Optional upgrades include heated front and rear seats, leather seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat and a heated steering wheel. Reviewers say both the front and rear seats are very comfortable, with a few saying that they compete for the best in the class. The rear seat is particularly roomy, with plenty of head- and legroom for adults, test drivers say. One reviewer says that the available built-in child booster seats are ingenious. Another points out that rival luxury crossovers offer heated seats standard while the XC60 doesn’t.

  • "The rear seat is particularly roomy as smaller crossovers go, with a high seat cushion, above-average headroom and decent legroom for adults. The available integrated dual child booster seats are a great feature." -- Edmunds
  • "Contrasting colors adorn seats and door panels, and the bucket-style front seats are very comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Left Lane News
  • "The seats are long-haul comfortable, though heated seats should be standard at this price level." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "I have said many times, in this space and elsewhere, that Volvo offers the most comfortable seats in the car business. The five available seats in the XC60 T6 bear this out. There is enough space in the rear seats to create adequate demilitarized zones for warring children." -- The Washington Post (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2014 Volvo XC60 include an eight-speaker CD audio system, Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB/iPod input, satellite radio and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. 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. All XC60 models come with City Safety, which can automatically apply the brakes to try to avoid a low-speed collision. Optional safety features include a rearview camera, lane departure warning, driver alert control 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.

The XC60’s climate controls are easy to use thanks to clearly labeled knobs, reviewers say, but some say the audio and navigation systems are harder to master due to small buttons and a small display screen. One test driver points out that though the navigation system has improved over previous model years’, the systems available in rival SUVs are more modern and easier to use.

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  • "The straightforward dual-temperature adjustment dials and ‘mode man’ pictogram make climate-control adjustments simple and intuitive. The audio system is fairly easy to use, too, though the array of small audio buttons looks dated. The available DVD-based navigation system's interface works fine in practice (especially when operating the iPod interface), but Volvo's navigation software still feels a few years behind." -- 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
  • "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)
  • "The gauges are large and clear, as are the audio and climate functions. The navigation system screen is on the small side, making some readouts difficult to decipher at a glance. Though not quite as intuitive as the best navigation systems in this class, its operation is far easier than the the unit used previously on XC60s." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 XC60 has 30.8 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in use and 67.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded. That’s excellent space for a luxury compact SUV. Reviewers say the cargo hold feels vast and they like that the seats can be folded in multiple ways to accommodate a variety of passenger/cargo combinations. One test drivers appreciates the convenience of the power liftgate and another likes the available pet partition in the cargo area. Critics say that interior storage is unimpressive, adding that the glovebox and center console are small.

  • "To accommodate cargo, the versatile 40/20/40-split rear seat can be folded in a number of different ways and maximum cargo space is 67 cubic feet: a good number for this class." -- Edmunds
  • "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)\
  • "And should you be of a mind to bring along pets with that brood, Volvo offers accessories to create two separate XC60 compartments for dogs (preferred here), cats or other furry types in the cargo area." -- The Washington Post (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/19/14

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