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2017 Volvo S60 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Volvo S60 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

Though its interior styling may look a bit dated when compared with rivals, the 2017 Volvo S60's cabin materials are high quality. The S60's exceedingly comfortable and supportive front seats are great road trip companions. The long-wheelbase S60 Inscription model offers easy access to the back seats and ample legroom. Climate settings are simple and easy to adjust. The infotainment system, on the other hand, has unintuitive menus and a multifunction knob that take the driver's attention from the road. Trunk space is typical for the class.

  • Volvo's Scandinavian take on design gives the 2017 Volvo S60's cabin a unique personality among its rivals, even if it is starting to look its age. 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
  • "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)

Seating

The 2017 Volvo S60 seats five and has standard leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Available seating amenities include heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery, and sport seats offering extra side support.

The S60's front seats are exceptionally comfortable and supportive, making them a great place to sit during long road trips. The back seats are cramped for tall adults, so if you need more legroom, the S60 Inscription model provides 3 additional inches of legroom. That extra space makes the back seats easier to access and load car seats into.

The S60 has a complete set of LATCH connectors in the rear outboard seats and an upper tether in the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet rated the 2017 S60's LATCH system.

  • "If you'll regularly be taking along rear passengers, the 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 (2016)
  • "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)

Interior Features

The 2017 Volvo S60 comes with Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker sound system, auxiliary and USB inputs, and a 7-inch Sensus infotainment system. Also standard is Volvo’s City Safety system, which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds to prevent collisions. Optional features include a power moonroof, navigation, and a Harman Kardon audio system. Safety features available in upper trims include forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and automatic parallel park assist.

The Volvo S60's climate control buttons have a humanlike shape that helps you quickly make adjustments. Its infotainment system, however, has complicated menus and a multifunction knob that require much of the driver's attention to adjust settings.

 See 2017 Volvo S60 specs and trims »

  • Dual temperature adjustment knobs and ‘mode man’ pictograms make climate control adjustments simple and intuitive. Unlike touch-sensitive interfaces, the Volvo's controls can be operated without looking. 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 odd, and it lacks a touchpad input like some rival controller systems." -- Edmunds
  • … the instrumentation is easy to see and mostly logical to operate, although the single-knob controller for the infotainment system isn't very intuitive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • 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)

Cargo

The Volvo S60 has 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for the class. Its low liftover height makes it easy to load cargo. A pass-through for long items and 60/40 split-folding back seats are standard.

  • The trunk's 12-cubic-foot capacity is a bit small for the class (it's the same cargo space 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 pass-through for skis." -- 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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