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2010 Volvo XC60 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Volvo XC60 was new.


Interior: 8.4

The 2010 Volvo XC60 seats five in a luxurious cabin. Reviewers give high praise to the comfortable seats and spacious cargo area. However, many of them dislike the navigation system’s controls.

  • "The interior is gorgeous. The gauges and touch points are logically arranged and wear high-quality materials." -- AutoWeek
  • "Interior: Good. Spacious, but some controls take some getting used to. The XC60 has lots of utility. It can carry the kids, the dog and lots of stuff." -- Detroit News
  • "The surfaces inside the cabin are nicely finished, with a visually interesting mix of contrasting materials, including leather, soft-touch plastics, brushed metal, and wood." -- Automobile Magazine.
  • "Volvo took pains to ensure that its newest offering was fitted with high quality, soft touch materials that reward the road warrior behind the wheel. We applaud the use of king's thrones that double as front seats, as the leather-wrapped chairs are among the best in the business." -- Autoblog
  • “Clean, easy-to-read instrumentation created a sense of clutter-free calm. The neatness and order continued all the way through the center stack, with everything easy to find and use." -- Mother Proof


The XC60's seats are extremely comfortable, even in the rear. Reviewers' only minor complaint is that the rear is snug for taller passengers -- but that's typical for a compact SUV. T-Tec upholstery, which looks and cleans up better than cloth and grips better than leather, is standard on the base model. Leather is standard on the higher trim level.

One reviewer notes that child safety seats might be difficult to install due to the position of the LATCH anchors. Volvo offers dual two-stage integrated booster seats with adaptive seatbelts. At about $500, they might be worth it for families with young children.

  • "The front seats are supportive and comfortable, even on long drives. The rear seat is particularly roomy as small crossovers go, with a high seat cushion, above-average headroom and decent legroom for adults." -- Edmunds
  • "The backseat is snug, but that's to be expected from a small crossover. Taller adults should be able to make the seat work for a short trip, but don't expect a lot of room to stretch your legs.” -- Cars.com
  • "The second row is short on legroom, so I can't say that rear-facing infant-safety seats would fit comfortably. There would probably be some serious pushing, pulling and scooching required to get them positioned correctly." -- Mother Proof
  • "As with all Volvos, the seats themselves are pretty much the best in the business, being not only supportive but supremely comfortable. ... Headroom is plentiful in all seating positions, and rear seat legroom is acceptable, especially if you're less than six feet tall." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Even after a day's driving, the front buckets remained comfortable. As expected, the back seating is snug if you stand six feet or taller." -- AutoWeek
  • "Buyers wondering whether the Volvo fits their life style should first make sure it fits their inseam: the chief demerits are narrow front footwells and a low-slung dashboard that can impinge on wide stances and long legs. The leather seats, however, are attractive and supportive." -- New York Times

Interior Features

The XC60 comes with a number of interior features and boasts high-quality materials, though a few reviewers say the cabin is too stark-looking. Standard features on the base model include electronic climate control, a power driver’s seat with memory, a Bluetooth hands-free system, HD Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio and a USB/iPod interface. Options include a rear seat entertainment system with dual DVD players ($1,800) and a laminated panoramic roof ($600).

A navigation system comes with the $2,700 Multimedia Package, which also includes a premium sound system and Park Assist Camera. However, nearly every reviewer who has tested the navigation says it’s difficult to use, so you may do better to buy a portable system.

  • "The massive Vista moonroof, with its vast amount of glass and large opening area is a delight, and when you consider its included in the MSRP, it makes the deal that much sweeter. Buttons, knobs, and HVAC controls are also pleasantly intuitive and well within the grasp of even the shortest of arms, making the the XC60's cockpit easily one of the best in its class." -- Autoblog
  • "The cabin blends simplicity, luxury and quirks in a very Volvo way. What some will see as blessedly modern Scandinavian design, others may consider a bit cool and monochromatic. I'm a fan of 20th-century furniture, but even I've been questioning whether Volvo interiors are too unrelieved in colors and textures." - New York Times
  • "[T]he passenger must pull out a remote to operate the navigation system. First of all, that remote is destined to be lost. Second, while I applaud the attempt to keep drivers' hands on the wheel, they should be there to control the car, not the navigation system. … The current system only left me frustrated, even after looking it up in the owner's manual." -- Detroit News
  • "But as much as we liked the execution of the XC60's interior, Volvo's navigation system is easily some of the worst mapping tech we've experienced in years. Unlike most modern sat-nav units, the Volvo's unit isn't a touchscreen, nor doesn't benefit from a knob near the shifter or pack any buttons in the immediate area surrounding the display." -- Autoblog
  • "I struggled a little with the navigation system in the XC60. Side streets were missing from the maps no matter how far I zoomed in. When more than one address was listed on the destination menu, it seemed like the system would try to direct me to all of them at once with arrows and highlighted streets going in every direction." -- Mother Proof


The XC60 offers a maximum 67.4 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down. This is a generous amount of cargo space for its class. The XC60 even provides around 30 cubic feet of space with all seats in use. By contrast, the similarly priced RDX offers slightly less space -- 27.8 cubic feet behind the rear row.

A Power Operated Tailgate is available as part of the $1,000 Convenience Package, which also comes with Park Assist.

  • "The XC60's rear tailgate opening is the widest in the segment, according to Volvo. With the 40/20//40 second row folded flat, you should find room for just about anything you need to haul home from the mall or the garden center. Even with the second row upright, the XC60 olds a relatively generous 30.8 cubic feet of cargo." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The rear seats are slightly higher than the fronts to give passengers a better view, and, in keeping with the XC60's role as a utility vehicle, they also fold flat in three different configurations to accommodate various cargo. Even more luggage space is provided in a hidden, under-floor compartment that's secured with the central locking system." -- MSN
  • "There's also a lot of room in the back to carry anything Volvo didn't provide. Even with the second row up, the XC60 offers more than 30 cubic feet of storage space in the back." -- Detroit News

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