More stylish look
Cosmetically, XC60 has distinctive design traits seen across the Volvo line-up, but in this case with a slightly less boxy shape to give it a more stylish look that doesn’t shout ‘brutish SUV’. It comes in three trim levels – Momentum, Inscription and R-Design – with a choice of petrol or diesel engine in each, plus an hybrid option in R-Design spec. The main clue to model specification is the wheel size, ranging from 19-inch rims on the Momentum to 21 inches on the R-Design.
The cabin has a very upmarket feel with a mix of woodgrain panels, leather and metallic accents. A customisable 12.3-inch screen provides the driver with all the essential driving information, with automatic brightness adjustment to ensure it doesn’t become too overbearing in the dark. The leather- wrapped steering wheel feels comfortable in your hands, and the small drive selector gives a hint of sportiness to the interior. The engine start/stop is next to the drive selector, and for novelty value it’s operated by twisting a knob.
There is plenty of space inside the five-seat XC60, with a good amount of legroom front and rear, and ISOFIX childseat points. There are plenty of cupholders and storage compartments, including under the rear seats. A sensor allows you to open the tailgate using a simple foot gesture under the bumper, revealing a cargo area with ample storage space, 12-volt power and a three-position curtain cover that lets you hide larger items without impacting too much on rearward visibility.
A minimalistic approach is taken to the user interface. Much of the infotainment system is controlled through a nine-inch touch-screen operated somewhat like a tablet. (But there’s no CD player unless it is optioned.) Physical buttons are limited to demisters, hazard lights, music navigation, volume and a home button for the touch-screen. Our test car, a petrol-powered T5 Inscription, was fitted with a clear, crisp Bowers & Wilkins audio system, an upgrade from the standard Sensus Connect High Performance Audio 10-speaker system.