Volvo V60 Recharge hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
The V60 Recharge plug-in hybrid is another Volvo to benefit from the company's recent interior-design renaissance
Volvo has been on a roll with its interiors in recent years, and the V60 Recharge doesn't deviate from that at all. Occupants sit in a beautifully finished, attractively designed environment that's high-tech without being overwhelming. The plug-in hybrid powertrain is only available in some of the more expensive and high-spec of the V60's trim levels, so although you pay a hefty price for the technology, you don't end up feeling short-changed.
Volvo V60 Recharge hybrid dashboard
Demonstrating typically swish and stylish Scandinavian design, the V60 boasts one of the most appealing car interiors on the market today. Almost all functions are controlled through the large central touchscreen (discussed below) with just a few nicely crafted buttons and switches clustered around the distinctive crystal gear selector.
Material quality is excellent, with attractive inserts breaking up the dashboard surface and brightening up the interior nicely for all occupants. Behind the steering wheel, dials have been replaced with a configurable screen and the steering wheel itself is home to numerous controls, allowing you to carry out several functions without taking your eyes off the road.
Equipment, options & accessories
You have three trim-level choices when buying a V60 Recharge: R-Design, Inscription, and Polestar Engineered. R-Design is already one of the higher V60 specifications, so the level of standard equipment is generous. The V60 Recharge also boasts an extensive array of passive and active safety systems.
In addition to across-the-board V60 features such as automatic headlights, a powered tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, a powered driver's seat with lumbar support, a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone connectivity and sat nav, the R-Design adds a raft of interior and exterior styling enhancements, along with contoured sports seats with Nappa leather and textile upholstery, a head-up display, 18-inch alloy wheels with a five double-spoke design, a leather sports steering wheel,
Polestar Engineered includes both technical and visual changes to give the car an even sportier character, boosting the wheel size to 19 inches and adding a heated steering wheel, an upgraded sports chassis, a premium Harmon Kardon sound system, distinctive yellow seatbelts and increased engine power.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The V60 shares its Sensus Connect infotainment system with the rest of the current Volvo range, so we're familiar with it from the S90 and V90 saloon and estate, and the XC60 and XC90 SUVs. However, it doesn't yet have the very latest Android-based software seen in the Volvo XC40. The main interface is a large portrait-orientated screen on the dashboard, mounted between two slim air vents. It's fairly intuitive to use, working in a similar way to an Apple iPad, and most functions are pretty self-explanatory, although the systems on offer from Audi and BMW are certainly sharper to use and look at. There's a particularly dense screen of options for all the Volvo's safety features, but this does at least give drivers the option to turn on and off individual features.
One downside is the lack of standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone connectivity – these are only available as optional extras. Volvo's Sensus Connect system and regular Bluetooth connectivity is standard, but many people prefer to mirror their own phone's screen on the car display, and you need to shell out extra to do that. We'd also prefer to see physical climate control switches – having them on the touchscreen can make them tricky to operate on the move. Thankfully, the system is among the more responsive systems on the market. A wireless charging tray is also available for just over £200, but we found this quite slow to charge a smartphone during our testing.
In This Review
- 1VerdictA luxurious interior, sharp looks and low running costs make the Volvo V60 Recharge hybrid estate a desirable package, particularly for company-car drivers
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe electric range, MPG and CO2 figures for the Volvo V60 Recharge are all pretty impressive
- 3Running costs & insuranceCompany-car drivers will be quids-in with a Volvo V60 Recharge plug-in hybrid, but it won't be all that cheap to insure
- 4Performance, engine & driveThere's no shortage of power, but the Volvo V60 Recharge T6 isn't especially sporty to drive
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe V60 Recharge plug-in hybrid is another Volvo to benefit from the company's recent interior-design renaissance
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Volvo V60 Recharge is generally spacious inside, and both luggage and storage space are good
- 7Reliability & safety ratingSafety and reliability have been Volvo watchwords for years, and the V60 Recharge is no different