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2011 Volvo XC60 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Volvo XC60 was new.


Interior: 8.2

The 2011 Volvo XC60 seats five in a luxurious cabin. Reviewers praise 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
  • "Cabin decor is smart and upscale. Soft, textured plastics and abundant soft-touch surfaces impress, as does the optional authentic wood trim." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Volvo has been making an effort in recent years to give its vehicles some interior flair, and the five-passenger XC60 is the brand's best result yet." -- Edmunds
  • "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 3.2 model. Leather is standard on the T6.

One reviewer notes that child safety seats might be difficult to install due to the position of the LATCH connectors. 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 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
  • "Most adults will have sufficient room. The seats are long-haul comfortable, though heated seats should be standard at this price level." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We've found there's also ample room for passengers, and those in back get to enjoy one of the most comfortable rear seats in the segment. There's even the option of built-in child boosters." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The XC60 comes with a number of interior features and boasts high-quality materials, though a few reviewers say the cabin looks too stark. 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 and a laminated panoramic roof .

A navigation system comes with the 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 be better off buying a portable system.

One reason why the XC60’s navigation system isn’t the best on the market is because you must use a remote control to operate it. When you enter a location into the system, you must scroll to each letter you need, which can be a long and annoying process. Better navigation systems have touch screens, which means you don’t have to worry about losing a remote.

  • "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
  • "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
  • " Standard equipment is another XC60 advantage, with even base models coming equipped with Bluetooth, dual climate control and satellite radio. … One of the XC60's few drawbacks is that some controls for the audio and Bluetooth phone system can be unintuitive to use." -- Edmunds
  • "Its controls are inconveniently located behind one of the steering wheel's spokes, rather than on the center dashboard stack or having a touch-screen interface. This makes using the navigation system more difficult than it needs to be." -- Consumer Guide


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 Acura RDX offers slightly less space -- 27.8 cubic feet behind the rear row.

  • "Plenty spacious with the rear seatbacks raised. Folding them creates an even larger cargo hold with a flat floor. Awkward positioning of the spare tire limits space under the floor. The interior is nothing special for storage, with fairly roomy door pockets, but a somewhat small glovebox and center console." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 holds a relatively generous 30.8 cubic feet of cargo." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "To accommodate cargo, the versatile 40/20/40-split rear seat can be folded in a number of different ways and maximum cargo space is a useful 67 cubic feet." -- Edmunds

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