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2013 Volvo XC60 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Volvo XC60 was new.


Interior: 8.0

Regardless of which trim you select, the automotive press says that you will be quite pleased with the Volvo XC60’s upscale, high-quality interior. Reviewers prefer the R-Design trim for its two-tone black and beige seats, though critics say the front and rear seats are comfortable no matter which model you choose. There are several complaints that the interior controls are confusing.

  • "The modern look carries over inside the XC60. Soft curves and interesting details express the distinctive qualities of Swedish furniture, while a variety of high-quality materials and classy trim accents give off a uniquely upscale vibe." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin decor is smart and upscale. Soft, textured plastics and abundant soft-touch surfaces impress, as does the optional authentic wood trim." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "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 (2011)


The 2013 XC60 seats five and, overall, reviewers think the luxury compact SUV has a roomy cabin. The front seats offer plenty of space for adults. There’s less of a consensus concerning the rear seats. One reviewer says they’re just as comfortable for adults as they are for kids, while others say tall adults will be cramped, though they expect that from a small crossover.

  • "The adults will like the backseat as much as kids, since it's more accommodating than the rear seats in most of the XC60's rivals." -- 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 (front seats, 2012)
  • "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 (2010)
  • "Headroom is plentiful in all seating positions, and rear seat legroom is acceptable, especially if you're less than six feet tall." -- Automobile Magazine (2009)

Interior Features

Standard features in the XC60 include Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, auxiliary and USB inputs and an eight-speaker stereo. A navigation system, a 12-speaker Dolby Pro-Logic Surround Sound system and a dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system are optional. The XC60 also has many standard and optional safety features. All XC60 models come with City Safety, which helps prevent low-speed crashes by activating the brakes for the driver. Optional safety features include front- and rearview cameras, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and driver alert control.

Test drivers have varying opinions on the XC60’s button layout. Several say that the layout is confusing. Others say that although there are a lot of buttons, they are not hard to use. There’s also one complaint that the navigation system’s screen is too small, which makes it hard to read.

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  • "Some unintuitive interior controls." -- Edmunds
  • "There are many controls and buttons in the dash, but they are easy to identify and use, most notably the ventilation controls in the shape of a human." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "The gauges are large and clear, as are the audio and climate functions. The navigation system screen is on the small side, making some readouts difficult to decipher at a glance." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "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 (2011)


The 2013 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. Reviewers say this is plenty of room for cargo, but don’t think the available interior storage is impressive for the class.

  • "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 (2012)
  • "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." -- The Detroit News (2010)

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