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2011 Volvo S60 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Volvo S60 was new.


Interior: 8.4

Volvo usually follows the Scandinavian pattern of stylish and minimalist interior design. While the new S60 continues in the tradition of style, it departs from minimalism. Buttons consume the dashboard, as do stylish curves and trim finishes. The center stack is canted towards the driver and comes with a center screen regardless if the buyer chooses the optional navigation system or not. Reviewers applaud Volvo’s new navigation control interface, but criticize the S60’s overuse of hard buttons.

  • "The S60 interior is equally compelling, and Volvo designers say they took their inspiration for it from an unlikely place: the racetrack." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The interior design is elegantly simply, with just two round dials in the instrument panel fitted into a dash with a sweeping design reminiscent of a road-course layout. The center stack, topped by a seven-inch display screen, is again simple and straightforward. And Volvo continues to put in its cars some of the most comfortable seats available in a car today." -- AutoWeek
  • "We like the straightforward dual temperature adjustment dials and the humanoid pictogram for fan mode adjustment, but the sea of small audio buttons is starting to look dated." -- Edmunds


The S60’s front seats are praised by the press for their long-distance comfort. Unfortunately, the rear seats don't get quite the same love. Press members note that, although the cushions are comfortable and headroom is generous given the exterior's coupe-like looks, legroom is pitifully small. If you usually do not carry backseat passengers or have small children, this shouldn’t be a problem, but buyers who regularly haul adults may want to take a look at bigger automobiles, such as the Lexus ES350, which offers an extra 2.4 inches of rear legroom.

  • "Seat comfort is exceptional up front, thanks to Volvo's orthopedically correct seat design. These seats are comfortable as soon as you sit down, and they remain supportive after hours in the saddle. The steering wheel has a generous range of telescope adjustment, too." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats both front and rear are very comfortable, there’s 2.1 inches of additional rear legroom." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

The Volvo S60 is equipped with the kinds of features that you would expect in a vehicle with a $37,700 price tag. Standard features include a display screen on the center stack, automatic climate control, trip computer and Bluetooth. Features like a navigation system, a moonroof and heated seats are optional.

  • “The instrument panel finally has a properly integrated, modern infotainment screen; it’s standard even if you don’t get the optional navigation system." -- Automobile Magazine


The S60 offers cargo capacity similar to that of class leaders. The Infiniti G37 tops the S60’s 12 cubic-foot trunk by offering an additional 1.5 cubic feet. An Audi A4 offers just as much space as the Volvo. However, the rear and front-passenger seats in the S60 do fold flat to make the most of available cargo space.

  • "Trunk capacity is typical for this class at 12 cubic feet, and a low liftover height makes it easy to access the space. Both the rear seats and the front passenger seat fold down, and there's a separate ski pass-through." -- Edmunds

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