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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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.0 out of 5

Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up)
4,688mm1,999mm1,658mm468 litres

Passenger space is strong, as is load space, so the XC60 should be a practical family SUV that also boasts strong efficiency. Packaging is good, so there’s space inside for four, but even loaded up with five occupants there’s still plenty of room for longer journeys.

It’s worth noting that the hybrid technology does limit overall boot space slightly, however. You can read more about this below.

Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

Leg and headroom inside the Volvo XC60 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 we found 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.

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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 relatively plush 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 but not dramatically so. With 468 litres with the seats up compared with 505 litres in a regular petrol or diesel XC60 there’s still lots of space for family buyers. You can also fold the rear seats down, which nearly go flat, but the Volvo XC60’s seats split 60:40 rather than individually, limiting its versatility slightly.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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