2020 Volvo V60

Interior


#4 out of 6 in Wagons

MSRP
$39,650
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2020 Volvo V60 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The 2020 Volvo V60 has a high-end interior, with ample seating room and a decent amount of cargo space. However, the infotainment system can be tricky to use.

  • "The V60's interior follows the design cues that were established with the S90 and have since cascaded through successive new Volvos. And there's nothing wrong with that: The V60's cabin looks elegant and upscale, more inviting than that of a BMW 3 Series, less clinical than an Audi A4's." -- Motor Trend (2019)
  • "Which is all to say: Volvo makes … some of the very best interiors in the business. And sitting in one, you'd have no idea the car wasn't built for consumers willing to spend twice as much. It's in the leather, the driftwood, the crystal. Competitors should take note, or at least try, especially at the price points that Volvo is working with." -- Jalopnik (2019)
  • The rest of the V60, too, has a comfortable familiarity — quite literally. It is just as luxurious as the V90, with nice standard leather (even softer leather is an option), excellent seats, and a cabin that sounded to our uncalibrated ear quieter than that of the V90. The V60 may have a bit more plastic bits about." -- Car and Driver (2019)

Seating

The Volvo V60 seats five people. Leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are standard. An attractive cloth upholstery option is available at no cost. Nappa leather upholstery is also available, as well as heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, front sport seats, heated rear seats, ventilated and massaging front seats, power-adjustable side bolsters, passenger seat memory settings, power front-seat thigh extenders, and four-way power front-seat lumbar support.

The V60's seats are extremely comfortable and offer plenty of space for occupants in both the front and back rows.

For securing child safety seats, there are two sets of LATCH connectors on the V60’s rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether on the rear middle seat. All the anchors are easy to access and use.

  • "This firmness is offset, though, by wonderfully comfortable front seats, something Volvo has turned into a fine art." -- Autotrader
  • "The V60's standard leather seats are plenty comfortable, but on the base Momentum trim, buyers have the no-cost option to switch to a plaid cloth, which looks the absolute business. Out back, there are inches of leftover legroom when a six-foot-tall passenger sits behind an equally tall driver, and the wagon's flat roof means rear headroom isn't much different than up front." -- CNET (2019)
  • "There’s very good headroom and legroom available in front. … There’s likewise good room in back. Six-footers should find sufficient headroom, and they’ll only be short on legroom if the seat ahead is pushed all the way back — and only the very tall would need to do that. Note, however, that the center floor tunnel is quite large, meaning a center passenger is going to be short on foot space." -- Consumer Guide (2019)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2020 V60 include a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and two USB ports.

Standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, oncoming collision mitigation, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and forward automatic emergency braking.

Optional features include quad-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a universal garage door opener, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo, and a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium stereo.

Optional active safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera, adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, and the Pilot Assist driver assistance system, which controls your speed relative to other vehicles around you and provides steering inputs to keep you centered in your lane.

The Sensus infotainment system has a noticeable learning curve, and it requires too much attention to operate while driving. You also control things like climate and the heated seats through the touch screen, which can be difficult.

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  • "This touch-screen works as well as any premium/luxury infotainment touch-screen, which means it's also too dependent on the driver looking at the screen to change what he or she wants, even the seat heaters/coolers. This takes your eyes off the road for too long. Volvo recommends using the voice-command." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)
  • Audio and climate controls are now the same as those used on other Volvos, with most features being adjusted through a huge, vertically oriented center touchscreen with cell-phone-like swipe capability. Although not our favorite due to the complexity of accessing some features quickly, it’s something that probably gets easier the more you use it." -- Consumer Guide (2019)
  • "The infotainment system – Sensus Connect, in Volvo-speak – has been given a 50 percent increase in processor speed. This means reduced startup time, faster access to the backup camera, better voice control, and quicker route recalculation by the satnav." -- Motor Trend (2019)

Cargo

The V60 has 23.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 50.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. These figures are about average for a wagon. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free liftgate is optional.

The V60 is easy to load thanks to a low floor, and the entire cargo hold is squared off and open.

  • "Behind the V60's rear seats is 23.2 cu ft. (the S60's trunk is a paltry 11.6 cu ft.). With all the rear seats folded down, there are 50.9 cu ft. Let's also take into account the low loading area, no big bits of bodywork to haul things over and a large aperture." -- Autotrader
  • For sure it has a smaller luggage compartment, with the load floor measuring just 40.7 inches from the back of the second row to the tailgate, versus 45.4 in the V90. A rear hatch with more-vertical glass helps maximize the actual volume of the V60's cargo hold, giving it 23 cubic feet with the rear seats up compared with the V90's 26." -- Car and Driver (2019)
  • "While it's smaller than the V90, the cargo area can still hold four suitcases side-by-side, and the load floor is nice and low for easy access." -- CNET (2019)
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