Volvo XC70 Interior
Test drivers note that the 2015 Volvo XC70 has a handsome interior with top-shelf materials and eye-catching details, such as available walnut inlays and a “floating” center stack. The XC70’s cargo area is extremely large for the class, and automotive journalists say the XC70 has some of the most comfortable front seats on the market. However, some critics wish the rear seats offered more legroom.
- "Inside, the 2015 Volvo XC70 looks elegant and classy. The thin ‘floating’ design of the center stack adds a distinctive touch you won't find on competitive models." -- Edmunds
- "The 5-passenger Volvo XC70, especially in its higher trim levels, can pass as a luxury car with its plush leather seating and walnut inlays." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Tasteful materials are padded and/or nicely grained throughout the interior. Assembly quality is first rate." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The 2015 Volvo XC70 seats five and comes with fabric upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and two integrated child booster seats. Reviewers agree that the 2015 XC70’s front seats are among the most comfortable on the market and visibility out of the cabin is superb. Some automotive journalists think the rear seats are roomy, but others wish there was more legroom. Test drivers say the integrated child booster seats are a very handy feature that is rare in this class.
- "Upholding the comfort end of the equation is a coddling cabin complete with some of the most comfortable seats ever fitted to an automobile." -- Left Lane News
- "The driver's seat itself is way above par, and outward visibility is excellent. Rear-seat room is spacious and the seats fold in 40/20/40 split." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The XC70's front seats are remarkably comfortable and supportive. The rear seats are nearly as good, though tall passengers will likely wish for a bit more legroom." -- Edmunds
- "Decent space for two adults, but three abreast seating is best reserved for quick trips. Under-seat foot space is tight, compromising comfort when the front seats are too far back. The available child-booster seats are a welcome convenience rarely found on vehicles of any stripe." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Standard features in the 2015 Volvo XC70 include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB input, Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system with a 7-inch display and City Safety, which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds to help prevent a collision. Volvo’s upgraded Sensus Connect infotainment system, which offers smartphone app integration and a Wi-Fi hot spot, is standard on 2015.5 models. Available features include navigation, a moonroof, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, proximity key, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, driver alertness monitoring, forward collision warning with full auto brake and pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and Volvo’s Road Sign Information system, which can provide a visual alert when you’re exceeding the speed limit.
Most automotive journalists say that the controls in the Volvo XC70’s cabin are easy to locate and use, especially the climate control buttons, which are arranged in the shape of a seated person. However, a few critics note that some controls on the central panel, such as the audio controls, are too small and look out of date.
- "For the most part, the gauges are easy to read and controls operate intuitively, though the array of small audio buttons looks somewhat dated." -- Edmunds
- "Buttons and gauges are sleek and mostly easy to identify and use, none more so than the human-shaped climate controls - press the ‘head’ to direct ventilation that way, for example." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The central control panel is busier than some buyers might prefer; it's filled with many small buttons that will take time to master and they can be difficult to locate at a glance." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The 2015 Volvo XC70 has a larger cargo area than most competitors, with 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 72.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. A power liftgate is optional. The XC70’s large cargo area appeals to critics, as do its flexible split-folding rear seats and available fold-flat passenger seat, which allows the XC70 to accommodate longer items. However, some reviewers wish there were more places to store small items around the cabin.
- "With the rear seats folded flat, Volvo's all-purpose wagon boasts a vast 72.1 cubic feet of room plus hidden storage underneath." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "… those looking to haul copious amounts of cargo will appreciate the capacious trunk area: 33.3 cubic feet are available with the rear seats upright, while 72.1 cubic inches are available with them folded down." -- Left Lane News
- "Practically speaking, the backseat's 40/20/40-split-folding design along with the available folding front passenger seat gives the interior an uncommon degree of flexibility in transporting passengers, cargo or some combination of the two." -- Edmunds
- "Large, boxy, nicely finished cargo area features flat-folding 2nd-row seats and handy under-floor storage. A storage-lid prop and cargo tie-down points are nice touches. In-cabin storage is limited to an average-size glovebox and center console, as well as a few tiny cubbies." -- Consumer Guide (2013)