Unlike the exterior, the S60's interior is not exactly groundbreaking as far as design goes. It would have been if it wasn't for... oh, just about every other Volvo since the second-generation S40 and V50 onwards having almost the same center console. We are of course talking about the "floating" design of the center console, but we might as well add the steering wheel, the dashboard, the interior door panels, the seats, etc.
No, they're not exactly identical, but we think Volvo's interior designers might have put a little too much thought into the whole "family traits" design thing. Other than that, the S60's interior actually doesn't look half bad.
So, even though nowadays it's almost as common on Volvos as the symbol of Mars, the "floating" center console looks as fresh as ever, and the space it frees up behind it can be put to good use. As usual, the ergonomics are top notch, with a single small exception. There is no fancy iDrive-like jack of all trades "God button", so the controls for the onboard computer have to sometimes be shared between the steering wheel and the center console.
Other than that, the interior quality is so good you'd think you jumped into a much more expensive vehicle. In our test car we had a high-quality black leather upholstery, real aluminium inserts and a pretty interesting-looking material for the center console.
As far as the interior space goes, we were originally inclined to think the curved roof line might mean it has poor headroom. Turns out we were half right, since only really tall rear passengers may experience some problems with their heads trying to stick through the roof. It's not actually cramped in there or anything, but comparing with other Volvo sedans from the past, the four-door-coupe look has really brought some negative bits as well.
Quite possibly the worst aspect of the sporty design in the new Volvo S60 is the size of the luggage compartment. With only 380 liters (13.4 cubic feet) at its disposal, the trunk is just a tiny bit bigger than one from a compact car like the VW Golf, or better yet, the Audi A3. The good news from this point of view is that it's easily accessible and the rear bench is foldable in a 60:40 fashion. Continue reading