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2012 Volvo S60 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Volvo S60 was new.


Interior: 8.3

The automotive press likes the high-quality materials used inside the 2012 Volvo S60. They say the center stack is simple and clean, which they prefer over cars that have too many buttons. The seats are comfortable, but some say there isn’t enough legroom in the back seat. Reviewers say the S60’s electronics are high-tech and easy to use, but they wish its trunk was bigger.

  • "Interior materials in the 2012 Volvo S60 are on par with the rest of the entry-level luxury sedan class. The heavier graining on the dash and doors won't suit everyone, but there's no denying that the interior leather, vinyl and plastic are quality materials. Volvo's unique take on wood and metal accents also give the S60's cabin more personality than most rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "In the cabin, heavily-bolstered bucket seats speak to the R-Design's new sporting intentions, as do a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever. Blue rings in the gauges are another signature, if oddly soothing touch to what is supposed to be a high-performance sedan." -- Fox News (R-Design)
  • "When you're nestled snugly into the form-fitting sport seats, the Volvo S60 R-Design's interior feels buttoned-down and somewhat austere, punctuated with a floating aluminum center stack and contrast-stitched leather." -- Popular Mechanics (R-Design)
  • "Inside the car, the dash has a sweeping design complemented by a cleanly laid out center stack." -- Road and Track
  • "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


The seats in the 2012 Volvo S60 are universally praised for being comfortable and supportive. Auto critics even like the sporty leather seats in the R-Design model, which have additional bolstering and attractive contrast stitching. One reviewer says legroom in the back seat isn’t sufficient for taller passengers.

  • "As one expects of a Volvo, the front seats offer excellent long-trip comfort and proper support. Unfortunately, the backseat isn't quite as accommodating. The seats themselves are supportive, but legroom and foot room are tight for adults over 5-foot-8." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside are new seats - spectacularly comfortable, but not pillow-like as Volvo seats often are -- with extra bolstering and contrasting stitching, plus a unique steering wheel, shift lever, and blue-accented gauges." -- Motor Trend (R-Design)
  • "Inside, the already excellent S60 seats get enhanced body-grabbing bolsters and contrasting stitching." -- Road and Track (R-Design)
  • "But the quality of the materials is better than before. Thick, pebbled leather is everywhere, and the seats are comfortable and supportive." -- Car and Driver
  • "The seats both front and rear are very comfortable." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

The Volvo S60 is equipped with the kind of features you would expect in an upscale midsize car. Standard features include Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB iPod integration, auxiliary jack and HD radio. Navigation, a rearview camera and a premium sound system are optional.

Test drivers like that the S60’s climate controls are simple, and they also give positive marks to the optional navigation system for its route and land guidance technology, which they say is helpful when driving on congested city streets.

  • "The maps on the non-touch LCD are well-defined, bright, and colorful. And we found route guidance was very aggressive about avoiding traffic problems, offering a detour when it detected trouble ahead. More impressive was its ability to give lane guidance even on city streets, recommending, for instance, a left lane when there was a left turn coming up." -- CNET
  • "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 is starting to look dated." -- Edmunds


The 2012 Volvo S60 has 12 cubic feet of cargo space, which is slightly small compared with other upscale midsize cars. The Buick Regal has 14.2 cubic feet of room, while the Lincoln MKZ has a 16.5 cubic-foot trunk.

  • "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

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