The Volvo V60’s interior has a neat design and is packed with posh materials. That said, its portrait-style touchscreen infotainment system is tricky to use on the move
The Volvo V60’s interior is a stylish, minimalist affair that looks quite different to what you’ll find in a BMW, Mercedes or Audi. In part, that’s because the car’s ventilation system is controlled via the large portrait-style infotainment system, so there’s no need for a bewildering number of buttons on the dashboard.
The buttons you do get – to turn the engine on, adjust the car’s driving modes and turn up the volume – are made from brushed metal that makes them feel expensive. You also get nice touches such as the roller-shutter cover that tidies up the centre console by sliding over the two cup holders and cold-to-the-touch solid metal interior door handles.
Entry-level Momentum models get cool tartan and leather seats that show you Volvo has a fun side, while the rest of the range has full-leather upholstery that feels softer and more appealing that you get in the likes of a Mercedes.
The Volvo’s front seats are every bit as comfortable as your favourite armchair
Every Volvo V60 come with a 9.0-inch portrait-style 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 navigate you quickly through the various menus – it can also be a little trickier to use on the move 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.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are fitted as standard, so it’s easy to use your phone’s apps on the car’s big screen. That said, it’s annoying that Volvo only lets you use half the screen if you’re using your phone’s maps.
The standard 12.3-inch multifunction digital display wins points back, though, because it’s an option on cars such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class. The extra display 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 V60′s favour is its excellent, 10-speaker, 170W standard stereo that’ll blow the socks off the basic systems you’ll find in alternatives. If it doesn’t scratch your musical itch, you can also choose from a 600W Harman Kardon system with 14 speakers, or go the whole hog and specify the more expensive 1,100W Bowers and Wilkins stereo with 15 speakers and surround sound.