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Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort

The XC60 Recharge's interior is nicely trimmed and feels different to rivals', offering individuality alongside quality, technology and comfort

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Interior, dashboard & comfort rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£56,150 - £56,150
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol

The XC60 Recharge received several updates in 2021, one of the biggest being to the cabin. It still feels spacious and retains the Swedish brand’s smart, modern interior design language, but the XC60 now features a Google-powered infotainment suite that’s a cut above many of its rivals' systems.

Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid dashboard

All XC60s get a nine-inch portrait-orientated, tablet-style touchscreen infotainment system in the centre of the dashboard. It’s flanked by a pair of nice metal air vents, while the plastics and leather that line the rest of the interior mean that, when you factor in the hybrid technology as well, the car's price tag starts to make sense. That display is joined by 12.3-inch digital dials, which benefit from improved graphics in the updated model.

One drawback of the system is that the climate controls are integrated into the touchscreen. It’s a small point, and while it means the dashboard is free of buttons and therefore clutter, you have to use the screen to adjust the temperature and fan speed. Thankfully, Volvo has fully embraced the Android Automotive operating system; many of the car’s basic functions like the heated seats, navigation and radio controls can be programmed using “Hey Google” voice commands.

You also get steering-wheel controls that can manipulate the digital dashboard, but they also control radio presets and volume, as well as the adaptive cruise control and semi-autonomous driving systems, where fitted.

Equipment, options and accessories

A 2021 update of the XC60 saw the addition of new materials for the interior, including City Weave textile upholstery and some other leather-free options. Standard equipment on the XC60, regardless of which trim level you go for, includes a leather steering wheel, cruise control, hill-start assistance, keyless start, LED headlights, powered and heated door mirrors, a powered tailgate, automatic wipers, a rear-view camera, parking assistance, alloy wheels, two-zone climate control, heated front seats, a 60:40 split-folding rear seat, digital radio, Bluetooth and sat nav.

A wide swathe of safety equipment is also standard across the range, in keeping with Volvo's longstanding focus on this area. Included is a 'city safety' automatic braking system with pedestrian, cyclist and large-animal detection, oncoming traffic and off-road impact mitigation systems, road-sign recognition and a full complement of airbags. 

The XC60 Recharge line-up kicks off with the T6-engined Inscription Expression, which is something of a 'company-car special', with lots of kit thrown in for a relatively low P11D value. On top of the standard features mentioned above, it gets gloss-black and chrome exterior trim and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Next up is the R-Design, which is also only available with the T6 powertrain. It's a sportier take on the XC60, with contoured sports seats, front foglights, 19-inch alloy wheels, dark-tinted windows, a sporty bodykit and lowered suspension all thrown in. The R-Design Pro gets the more powerful T8 engine, along with 'bending' headlights to see better around corners, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver's seat, 21-inch alloys, headlight washers, a head-up display, puddle lights and adaptive suspension.

Topping out the range is the most powerful XC60 Recharge of the lot, the Polestar Engineered, with a tuned version of the T8 engine making nearly 450bhp. A premium sound system, upgraded brakes, special 21-inch alloys, gearshift paddles and a Polestar-optimised gearbox also feature.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

Until recently, the XC60 used Volvo's Sensus infotainment system, which included things like Spotify, internet radio and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity as part of the Smartphone Integration Pack. From 2021 however, the XC60 uses a fully Android-based setup, with built-in Google Maps and other apps. While all of the car’s functions remain buried in submenus, which can be tricky to navigate when on the move, you can now use “Hey Google” voice commands to control routine stuff.

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