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2012 Volvo XC60 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Volvo XC60 was new.


Interior: 8.0

Regardless of which trim you select, the automotive press says that buyers will be quite pleased with the Volvo XC60’s upscale interior. Of them all, reviewers prefer the R-Design trim for its two-tone black and beige seats. While quality is top-notch, the XC60’s optional navigation system is one of the most confusing in the class, critics say.

  • "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
  • "The R-Design's interior is downright beautiful. The cabin combines black and ivory, with black leather seats flanking ivory leather centers, and the doors were ivory with black inserts." -- Motor Trend


The XC60's seats are extremely comfortable, even in the rear. Reviewers' only complaint is that the rear seats are snug for taller passengers, but that's typical for a compact SUV. T-Tec upholstery, which is a type of cloth, is standard on the base X60, and genuine leather is optional. The R-Design trim has two-tone beige and black leather seats.

The base 3.2 model has power front seats for the driver, but a power passenger seat is optional. Heated front and rear seats are optional on all trims.

One reviewer notes that child safety seats might be difficult to install due to the position of the LATCH connectors, which are in the outer second row seats. Volvo offers optional dual two-stage integrated booster seats with adaptive seatbelts and power child locks. The integrated booster seats are height-adjustable and can be folded into the seats when they’re not needed. 

  • "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.” -- Edmunds
  • "Most adults will have sufficient room. The seats are long-haul comfortable, though heated seats should be standard at this price level." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The XC60 comes with a number of interior features and boasts high-quality materials. Standard features on the base model include electronic climate control, a power driver seat, Bluetooth, HD radio, satellite radio, iPod interface, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a seven-inch screen that displays information for the stereo and optional navigation.

Two navigation systems are available. One is fitted into the dashboard, while the other is portable and more affordable. The integrated system costs about $1,900, while the portable one is about $800. Reviewers don’t comment on the portable system because they’ve tested higher trims with the built-in unit, but nearly every reviewer who has tested the $1,900 navigation system says it’s hard to use, and that the small screen is difficult to read.  

Without integrated navigation, the audio and climate controls are easy to use. 

  • "Though still not quite as intuitive as the best navigation systems in this class, its operation is far easier than the units on model-year 2010 XC60s." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cabin is a terrific example of typical clean Swedish beauty, but it does have some of the traditional confusing buttons on the center stack." -- Motor Trend
  • "It felt as if the engineers at Volvo had worked to make the interior as far from intuitive as possible by lodging the controls for the nav system behind the steering wheel where they're impossible for the driver to see and omitting their location from the owner's manual." -- Autoblog


The XC60 offers a maximum 67.4 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down and 30.8 cubic feet of space with all seats in use. This is a generous amount of cargo space for its class.

Reviewers say interior storage isn’t impressive because most compact SUVs have door pockets, a center console and glove compartment.

  • "Of course, utility is a must for crossover SUV shoppers, too, and the XC60 meets this need with its impressive cargo capacity." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior is nothing special for storage, with fairly roomy door pockets, but a somewhat small glovebox and center console. XC60 also has a small space behind the center dashboard stack, which is becoming common on most Volvo products. While a nice idea, the area is not particularly useful." -- Consumer Guide

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