Just like in any other modern Volvo, the XC70's interior is in a class of its own. The "floating" center console is both stylish and ergonomic, also providing a reasonably-sized space for various junk you might care to put behind it. Speaking of storage spaces, at first glance you wouldn't see it as a very family-friendly vehicle from this point of view, but on second you can clearly see it's intended for long trips in the country side/mountain resort/beach. The rear seats can be folded following a 40/20/40 percent idea, thus creating a completely flat surface that starts in the already gigantic luggage compartment (575 liters or 20.3 cubic feet).
Under the trunk there's a small storage space with a lid that comfortably remains up after you open it thanks to a cleverly designed prop. The "push to close" button on the trunk hatch is also a nice touch, while the two rails for tying down moving baggage can be very handy when you're carrying a plasma TV or other fragile stuff. The passenger space is more than decent, especially in the shoulder/headroom area, with a small minus for the rear seat leg room, which doesn't quite live up to the expectations left by the rather large exterior.
The dashboard is full of buttons but, contrary to a first impression, it's probably one of the most user-friendly button cluttered center consoles we've ever experienced. After just a few minutes in the car you know almost everything about the controls. The bad thing on the other hand resides in the way you control the navigation system, whose only good feature is the pop-up LCD screen.
To give you an example, it all starts the moment you insert the transponder card/substitute for a key in its location and want to drive away. A small description of Volvo's navigation system appears on the LCD screen and then you are asked to push either the "enter" or the "exit" button to confirm if you want to use the system or not. Well, the problem is that the XC70 has three "enter" and „exit” buttons spread among the driver controls, and only two of them are visible. Coincidentally, those exact two buttons have squat in common with the navigation system. To actually control anything to do with the system you have to be either gifted with a sixth sense or have the eyes of a snail, because all the controls are on the back of the steering wheel, in a not-too-easy-to-reach location.Continue reading