Volvo V60 Cross Country interior
The V60 Cross Country oozes Scandinavian minimalist design. Overall, it’s very cool, but you don’t have to look too hard to find lower-quality materials
The Volvo V60 Cross Country interior is, well, pretty much the same as you’d find in the standard V60 estate. And that’s no bad thing.
It’s stylish, clutter-free and wouldn’t feel out of place in an upmarket Scandinavian furniture showroom. That’s down to Volvo’s Sensus touchscreen infotainment system that does away with having banks and banks of buttons to control the car’s functions.
The buttons that are in the interior – the engine on-off switch, the driving mode selector and air vents – are made from expensive-feeling brushed metal and the dashboard and doors are fitted with lovely soft touch materials.
But the V60 Cross Country interior isn’t perfect and you don’t have to look too far to find lower quality materials – the metal roller-shutter cover that tidies up the cupholders in the centre console for instance feels a bit flimsy, and doesn’t close with a reassuring click you’d expect from the likes of a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4.
And it’s a bit disappointing that a car at this price doesn’t come with leather seats as standard.
The iPad-like portrait infotainment that comes as standard looks lovely, but it isn’t the easiest to use when you are driving
Just like every other Volvo V60, the Cross Country gets a 9-inch portrait-layout touchscreen display that looks great and is slick and easy to use when you’re parked up. You can operate it much like an iPad, swiping between menus and pinching to zoom in and out of maps.
The system responds quickly to your finger movements, but sometimes you’ll wish it had physical buttons to help navigate you quickly through the various menus. Using the climate control for instance involves more screens and steps than simply turning a dial as you would in alternatives. So it’s trickier to use when you’re driving than BMW’s iDrive system.
On the plus side, the large screen makes it easy to follow the standard satellite navigation system’s directions and it’s quick and easy to enter a postcode.
The 12-inch digital drivers display the V60 Cross Country has instead of traditional dials wins points back. This makes it easier for you to follow the sat-nav’s directions by giving you a close-up display of junctions as you approach them.
Also in the Volvo’s favour is the excellent, 10-speaker, 170W standard stereo that’ll blow the socks off the basic systems you’ll find in alternatives. Still if you want concert hall clarity at top volume, you can also choose from a 600W Harman Kardon system with 14 speakers, or the stadium-shaking 1,100W Bowers and Wilkins stereo with 15 speakers and surround sound.
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