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2016 Volvo S60 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Volvo S60 was new.


Interior: 6.9

According to auto writers, the 2016 Volvo S60 features an attractive interior with classy materials. Most trim levels offer limited amounts of space in the back seat, but reviewers appreciate the Insignia trim's longer wheelbase that provides more room. They also love the S60's superbly comfortable front seats. Critics note that the infotainment controls are confusing at times and that the trunk is small.

  • "Interior materials in the 2016 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 Scandinavian take on wood and metal accents also gives the S60's cabin a unique personality among its rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "Pulling the door handle, flicking the turn signal, and rotating the volume knob impart a sense of quality and substance, as does the leather upholstery and well-finished plastic surfaces of varying textures." -- Forbes (2015)
  • "Still, we find the interior to be well-appointed, with lots of soft-touch materials and tasteful metallic accents." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "Offering room for up to five passengers, the S60 features a well-laid out cabin that puts a big emphasis on comfort and ergonomics." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The S60 T5 AWD is good-looking inside and out. The lines are crisp, clean and elegant. That approach carries over into the interior with its stylish dash, muted accents and high quality materials." -- Road and Track (2013)


The 2016 Volvo S60 seats five and has standard leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and sport seats offering extra side support are available. Test drivers praise the S60 for its exceedingly comfortable front seats, which they say offer great support and are perfect for long trips. Several do note that taller passengers may find the rear seats cramped in the base model, but they say the larger Inscription model provides ample legroom.

  • "If you'll regularly be taking along rear passengers, the new 2016 T5 Inscription with its extra 3 inches of legroom is the way to go. It's also easier to get in and out of, and that extra room can be helpful for installing rear-facing child safety seats." -- Edmunds
  • "Bigger is definitely better when it comes to the new 2016 S60 Inscription and its expanded rear seat. With nearly three inches of additional legroom, the sedan goes from cramped to comfy for rear-seaters, allowing them to appreciate the rest of the finely crafted interior. The driver's seats are exceptionally comfortable and supportive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Volvo interiors have long been among the nicest, and the Volvo S60 is no exception, with comfy, supportive front bucket seats that your orthopedic doctor would love." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "Driver's [seat] was excellent. Front passenger's not quite as good. Back was absurdly cramped. No good for any but short folks and only then if short people are in front, too." -- USA Today (2014)

Interior Features

The 2016 Volvo S60’s standard features include Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker sound system, auxiliary and USB inputs and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch display screen. The S60 also comes standard with Volvo’s City Safety system, which can help prevent low-speed collisions by automatically applying the brakes. Optional features include a moonroof, proximity key, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, navigation and a Harman Kardon audio system. Available driver-assistance features include forward collision warning, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane-keep assist, pedestrian and cyclist detection, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, parallel park assist and a road sign information system, which can give the driver alerts based on information the car scans from road signs.

Reviewers praise the easy-to-use climate controls. However, some critics note that Sensus features a smaller screen than rival systems and add that its multi-function control knob is tricky to use. They also note that the system can be distracting to operate while the car is in motion.

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  • "… the instrumentation is easy to see and mostly logical to operate, although the single-knob controller for the infotainment system isn't very intuitive. Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ technology helps make the audio system's quality clear and crisp throughout the range." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Dual temperature adjustment dials and 'mode man' pictograms make climate control adjustments simple and intuitive. For more complicated tasks such as selecting a media player playlist, programming the optional navigation system or controlling more complicated vehicle functions, the S60 relies on the standard Sensus system. It's fairly easy to use, though the multipurpose knob's location on the dash (rather than the center console) is not ideal and lacks directional input ability." -- Edmunds
  • "It is available with a plethora of safety tech that will henpeck you into being a safer, more attentive driver, but its infotainment and navigation system requires quite a bit of visual and physical attention and will let drivers fiddle with complex functions, such as destination search, at highway speeds." -- CNET (2015)
  • "The touchscreen that comes with the optional navigation system looks small compared to those of other premium cars. The menus are also not that intuitive." -- Forbes (2015)


The 2016 Volvo S60 has 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly below average for the class. The S60 comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a separate ski pass-through. The trunk’s low liftover height makes loading cargo a breeze, according to some reviewers.

  • "The trunk's 12-cubic-foot capacity is a bit small for the class (it's the same for either wheelbase), but a low liftover height makes it easy to access the space. Both the rear seats fold down, and there's a separate ski pass-through." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space is in keeping with the luxury compacts as a whole - on the small side." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

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