Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid boot space & seating
The Volvo XC60 plug-in isn't quite as practical as the non-hybrid models, but there's still enough space and versatility for most families
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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.
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 468 litres with the seats up compared with 505 litres in a regular petrol or diesel XC60. You can also fold the rear seats down, which nearly go flat, but the XC60’s seats split 60:40 rather than individually, limiting its versatility slightly.
In This Review
- 1VerdictLate 2021 updates to the XC60's infotainment, interior, fuel economy and electric range have seen it pull ahead in the premium plug-in hybrid SUV class
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Volvo XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid is easy to live with, offering over 40 miles of electric driving and low CO2 emissions for such a big SUV
- 3Running costs & insuranceWith the plug-in hybrid SUV capable of returning well over 200mpg, the XC60 Recharge has the potential to cut your running costs significantly – although it's pricey to buy and insure
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Volvo XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid is very economical, but it also offers surprising performance thanks to its broad spread of power
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe XC60 Recharge's interior is nicely trimmed and feels different to rivals', offering individuality alongside quality, technology and comfort
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe Volvo XC60 plug-in isn't quite as practical as the non-hybrid models, but there's still enough space and versatility for most families
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Volvo XC60 Recharge combines dependability of regular XC60 with Volvo's traditional focus on safety, so crash protection and reliability are impressive