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Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid boot space & seating

Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid isn't quite as practical as regular models, but there's still enough space and versatility here for most families

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£52,425 - £62,475
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,688mm1,999mm1,658mm598/1,395 litres

Passenger space is strong, as is load space, so the XC60 should be a practical family SUV that boosts efficiency. That’s down to the technology under the stylish body. Packaging is good, so there’s space inside for four, but even loaded up with five occupants there’s still plenty of room for medium-length journeys.

Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

Leg and headroom are both good in the back, thanks to the SUV body’s high roofline. The seating position is also quite upright as a result of this, but this allows you to tuck your feet under the seats in front with a comfortable break in your knees, so it’s an effective use of space. Up front, it’s a similar story, as while the dashboard is high, the centre console is low, while the dashboard doesn’t intrude on interior space but offers good storage.

There’s a large tray behind the gearlever with a roller-shutter cover, the door bins are big and the glovebox and central area between the front seats give plenty of space to stow items out of sight. Along with the ride, the seats are wonderfully supportive in the front, so you’ll feel relatively fresh even after a long journey.

Boot space

There’s plenty of space inside the, as the XC60’s battery is stored in the spine of the car, where the driveshaft that supplies the rear wheels with power would usually go in a regular model. As the car was designed as a plug-in hybrid from the outset, there aren’t many drawbacks here.

The boot space is smaller, at 598 litres with the seats up compared with 613 litres in a regular petrol or diesel XC60, while this rises to 1,395 litres in the Recharge if you fold the rear seats down, which nearly go flat. For reference, with the seats down a petrol or diesel XC60 has 1,410 litres of luggage space, so the gap is lessened.

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