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2013 Volvo S60 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Volvo S60 was new.


Interior: 7.6

Reviewers appreciate the 2013 Volvo S60 for its comfortable front seats and high-quality interior materials. However, some mention that the S60 could use a more spacious back seat, and that its infotainment system can be confusing. It’s not all bad news on the tech front, as one critic praises the S60’s optional navigation system for smartly guiding him through congested areas. The S60’s straightforward climate controls also please reviewers.

  • "The interior is a notch or two nicer than what Mercedes-Benz puts into its C-class." -- AutoWeek
  • "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." -- Edmunds 
  • "That approach carries over into the interior with its stylish dash, muted accents and high quality materials." -- Road and Track 
  • "The S60's nicely quiet interior has remained unchanged since introduction, and that's a good thing." -- Autoblog 


The front seats in the 2013 Volvo S60 are universally praised for being comfortable and supportive, though a handful of test drivers say that they could use more side bolstering on spirited drives. A few reviewers compare the back seat to those found in the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, saying that head- and legroom are in short supply. While that complaint isn’t uncommon for the class, rivals like the Acura TL have a back seat that reviewers find more comfortable. Leather seats are available on higher trims, while heated front and rear seats are optional.

  • The seats are broad and comfortable, though we did find they lack a measure of lateral support that would've been welcome as we caned the Ice White Gothenburger around the mountain roads of northern Utah and southwestern Wyoming." -- AutoWeek 
  • "As one expects of a Volvo, the front seats offer excellent long-trip comfort and proper support." -- Edmunds 
  • The rear seat remains a bit tight for adults, but on the whole, accommodations are no worse than the BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, among others." -- Autoblog
  • "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 (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Volvo S60 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB iPod integration, an auxiliary audio jack and HD Radio. Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system also comes standard. Navigation, a rearview camera, heated seats and a premium sound system are optional. A number of driver assistance systems are available, including adaptive cruise control, as well as collision warning, pedestrian detection and lane departure warning systems.

Test drivers like that the S60’s climate controls are simple, and one test driver also gives the optional navigation system positive marks for its route guidance technology, which helped him avoid congested roadways. However, more than one reviewer writes that the S60’s infotainment system isn’t the easiest to use.

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  • "We're not huge on Volvo's infotainment system. It's not particularly quick or intuitive to use. The other European premium marques all do a better job here, as does Infiniti, whose outgoing G25 was considered a prime target for conquest by the Sino-Swedes." -- AutoWeek 
  • "The straightforward dual-temperature adjustment dials and ‘mode man’ pictogram make climate control adjustments simple and intuitive." -- Edmunds 
  • The occasionally fiddly stereo/vehicle settings menu system has returned, too, but we've found you get used to their operations quickly in non-navigation models like this one." -- Autoblog
  • "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." -- CNET (2012)


The 2013 Volvo S60 has 12 cubic feet of cargo space, which is slightly less than a number of other upscale midsize cars. The Buick Regal Turbo has 14.2 cubic feet of room, while the Lexus ES has a 15.2 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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