While we’ve grown used to the exterior styling of the XC60, the interior has always been reminiscent of Volvos in the range. You’ll feel instantly at home if you’ve ever experienced one before, the location and style of the switches, dials and buttons lifted directly from other models in the range. It’s none the worse for it either, with neat touches such as the floating console with storage space behind it rather than in front – though not much will actually fit and you can’t see it.
The simplified ventilation controls with their easy to read graphics are a highlight too, though the knobs for temperature and audio volume look and feel the same, so its easy to confuse them.
But it’s the sat-nav that’s the biggest disappointment. Yes it sits in an enclosed pod, unlike some older models, but it’s the same antiquated and hard to control system that it always was. The fact that it costs £1,535 as an optional extra makes an aftermarket portable device a much better option.
Still, the perceived quality and the standard of the materials are first rate, while the seats are comfortable and like the steering wheel, adjustable through a generous range. There’s ample headroom up front with good visibility past the narrow A-pillars and rear seat passengers won’t want for space either. And it’s a Volvo, so the load bay is well proportioned while the 40/20/40 spilt rear seat folds flat into the floor should you need it to.