The Volvo XC60’s superbly comfy seats help make light work of long journeys but with the back seats folded its boot is smaller than in most similar-size German SUVs
The Volvo XC60’s seats are some of the most comfortable and supportive in the business. The ones in the front come with heating and four-way lumbar support as standard – to help prevent back ache on long journeys – and there’s more than enough adjustment to get comfortable if you’re over six-foot tall.
Regularly lend your car to someone else? You might want to consider the optional memory function for the driver’s seat (standard on all Pro models). It’ll automatically return the seat and door mirrors to your preferred positions at the press of a button.
The back seats are nearly as comfortable as those in the front and there’s bundles of headroom – even with the optional panoramic glass sunroof fitted. Rear knee room is just as generous and the XC60’s light-coloured interior and large side windows make it feel impressively airy in the back.
The wide cabin means there’s slightly more shoulder room than you’ll find in an Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLC but a distinct lump in the rear floor limits foot space if you carry three abreast. The central rear perch is harder and higher than the outer two seats, too, but has enough cushioning to make it fairly comfortable – even on long journeys.
The Volvo XC60 isn’t offered with sliding and reclining rear seats or a third row in the boot like a Land Rover Discovery Sport, but it’s not a deal breaker unless you regularly carry seven people. The Volvo’s wide rear door openings and clearly marked Isofix mounts make it easy to slide in a child seat but there aren’t any anchor points on the central rear seat or the front passenger seat.
Volvo has managed to sneak in a few handy cubby holes in places you might not expect. There’s a small pigeonhole under the rear seats that’s big enough for a large purse or small bag, and the central storage bin under the front armrest is large enough to store numerous valuables safely out of sight.
The front door bins in the Volvo Xc60 are large enough to hold two one-litre bottles each and there’s a handy tray beside the gearlever with a pair of concealed cupholders. A rather shallow slot ahead of the gearlever is big enough to hold a large smartphone but not deep enough to stop it sliding out if you take a roundabout a little too quickly.
Flip down the rear armrest and there’s a handy storage tray and two fold-out cupholders. Ther rear door bins are pretty spacious, too – if not quite as roomy as those in the front.
Your back will thank you for the four-way adjustable lumbar support – especially on long journeys
The Volvo XC60 can carry 505 litres of luggage with the rear seats and parcel shelf in place – that’s a fair bit less than the 550-litre boots in the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC.
The XC60’s rear seats fold in a 60:40 split as standard if you need more space. There’s no option to upgrade to a 40:20:40 split but all models do come with a handy ski hatch behind the rear armrest that’ll let you carry long items and two rear passengers at the same time.
Volvo offers a Convenience pack that comes with a set of buttons in the boot that’ll automatically fold down the rear seats for you. This package also adds a handy 12V socket in the boot, a cargo net to stop things rolling around in the back and a 230V three-pin socket in the centre console.
The Volvo XC60’s boot grows to 1,432 litres with the rear seats folded flat – again that’s less than the Q5 and GLC. The Volvo’s boot floor is, however, completely flat and there’s no annoying boot lip to lift heavy luggage over – as a result, sliding bulky items on board is a breeze.
There’s even a handy plastic sheet that folds out from under the boot carpet to help protect the rear bumper from scratches and scrapes as you lug stuff into the boot. A powered bootlid is standard on all models, and if you go for the optional adaptive air suspension you’ll get a button in the boot that’ll lower the rear suspension by 20mm to help you load heavy boxes.