2019 Volvo XC60

Interior


MSRP
$39,800
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2019 Volvo XC60 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

The interior of the 2019 Volvo XC60 is exemplary in every way. Old-world craftsmanship and elegant styling blend beautifully with the sleek infotainment system. The seats and cargo area are generously sized, and an impressive level of safety equipment is standard.

  • "The 2019 XC60's 2-row/5-passenger interior captures the same upscale feel as its bigger brother, the XC90 sport utility, bringing a Scandinavian ethos. A key design touch is the 'ribbon of woodgrain' that flows along the dash." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior is the best part of the XC60. The material usage is excellent, especially in Volvo's choice of a driftwood-like light-grey porous wood for the trim and dash." -- Jalopnik (2018)
  • "Volvo has made quite an effort to dress up its interiors of late, and that's evident in the XC60 – or at least, in the T6 Inscriptions we drove. There are plenty of padded surfaces, lots of nice-looking wood trim, and numerous bright accents that combine to provide a rich ambiance." -- Consumer Guide (2018)

Seating

The XC60 is a 2-row SUV with five seats and standard synthetic leather upholstery. The 10-way power-adjustable front seats are supportive and relaxing. Heated front seats are standard in all-wheel-drive models. The rear seats are also comfortable, with generous legroom that grants tall travelers plenty of space to stretch out. Available upgrades include Nappa leather upholstery, cloth and leather sport seats, fronts seats with massage and ventilation, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and power-folding head restraints and seats in the second row.

For child safety seats, there are two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors in the back seat. The LATCH hardware is easy to use, though it can be challenging to work your hand around the lower anchors while clipping in a seat. This hardware earned an Acceptable ease-of-use rating (the second highest) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2018. A rating for 2019 is still pending.

  • "Seats are top-notch with superior adjustment and support. The rear-seat area is comfortable for three adults, and behind it is a voluminous cargo area." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The wheelbase stretch pays dividends in rear-seat space, a weak point of the outgoing model. The improvement is tangible; passengers sit on a cushion that's comfortably up off the floor and enjoy generous rear legroom and headroom. Overhead, a panoramic sunroof is standard on all models and helps brighten the interior—too much, perhaps, for those in desert climes, as the mesh sunshade doesn't totally block out the rays (which probably is less of a problem in Sweden)." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "The additional length in the wheelbase and smart packaging that Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) system provides makes the cabin feel roomier than ever, too, with plenty of legroom in the back and the same, fantastically supportive seats from the rest of the 90 Series range. In fact, Volvo's engineers spent 7 years on the development of these seats alone, longer than the development process for the whole vehicle." -- New York Daily News (2018)

Interior Features

Volvo is often hailed for its hallmark safety features, and the 2019 XC60 does not disappoint. A set of high-tech safety systems is standard and includes run-off road mitigation and protection, oncoming lane mitigation, a driver drowsiness monitor, collision mitigation with active braking, automatic braking after a collision, active high-beam headlights, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and a rearview camera. The SUV also includes a system that scans for intersections, cyclists, pedestrians, and large animals.

You can add many other safety features, including Volvo's semi-autonomous system: Pilot Assist. While this does not take over all driving responsibilities, it provides helpful support to keep the vehicle centered in the lane at a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. Other safety options include blind spot monitoring with steering assist, rear collision warning with braking, rear cross traffic alert, active park assist, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, distance alert, a head-up display, and a 360-degree camera.

The Sensus Connect infotainment interface is mostly straightforward, with little effort required to navigate the menus and access the settings you want. Its large, crisp display (a vertically oriented 9-inch touch screen) earns praise for its size and easy-to-read fonts. The system comes standard with smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), voice commands, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and 10 speakers. Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof with a power sunshade, and an in-cabin air filtration system. A handful of interior upgrades are available, such as a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a proximity key, four-zone automatic climate control, and a navigation system.

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  • "The Sensus system's big screen is integrated into the dash's styling and is quick to act and responsive to touch. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto both do a fine job of sending information from your phone to the car's media screen." -- Autoweek (2018)
  • "Volvo's Sensus Connect 9.0-inch touchscreen has been slightly tweaked with a larger map for the navigation system, new fonts, and revised menu logic; it looks au courant, and the system is fairly easy to use after a little familiarization. We might prefer a knob for zooming (rather than pinch and pull) as well as physical controls for fan speed and temperature; as it is, the front and rear defrosters are the only HVAC controls with physical buttons. They join the audio system's volume knob and tuning buttons on the minimalist interface." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "But the biggest upgrade is to the Sensus iPad-look vertical touchscreen. We liked the original in the XC90, but after living with it for a year we had suggestions for improvement. Most of these are incorporated for 2018 across the board—simplified menu structure; bigger, clearer fonts; Apple and Android smartphone integration; and the addition of new native apps such as Wikilocations, Yelp reviews, Glympse location sharing, Tune-In, Pandora, and Spotify." -- Motor Trend (2018)

Cargo

The XC60's 22.4-cubic-foot cargo space behind the rear seats is typical for a luxury compact SUV. Its maximum amount of cargo room – 63.3 cubic feet – is one of the largest in the class. The base Momentum trim comes with a power liftgate, while all other trim levels get a hands-free version.

  • "The cargo space is usefully large, highlighted by a huge underfloor bin and – on our Inscription, at least – power-folding rear seat backs and hands-free power liftgate." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "There's a pair of smart little cubbies under the rear seats specifically designed to hold tablets, phones, and other electronics, complete with no-slip rubber inside. That's a very good idea. The cargo area is a good size, and the rear seats can be dropped from controls at the rear, which is always a welcome thing, too." -- Jalopnik (2018)
  • "Sadly, that lower height does chew into overall cargo capacity. Although dimensions from floor to seatback are within a cubic-foot from generation to generation, total cargo capacity has been reduced to 63.3 cubic feet from 67.4. That's actually still pretty good for a segment typically in the 50s, but if you're looking to haul bulkier items and stay in the Volvo family, the V90 and XC90 are still the way to go." -- Autoblog (2018)
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