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Volvo XC60

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Volvo XC60


On the inside

Layout, finish and space

Matte wood and soft, light colours set a Scandinavian atmosphere and position Volvo as different. All in nicely chosen and stitched-together materials. It’s a cocoon, calm as a morning’s fishing in some Nordic pine forest. But everyone buys black leather and brushed aluminium, same as they do with BMWs and Audis. So those are available too.

Sitting high in an extraordinarily supportive seat, you gaze at a simple dash, centred on a vast upright touchscreen. That screen has high resolution and good response. The nav system has connected hi-res traffic as standard, or you can use neatly integrated CarPlay.

The screen also carries a huge range of options and controls. Annoyingly, some you might use often are buried two or three layers down the menus. Altering treble or bass is four finger-jabs away. Similar story with some climate controls, which also reside on the screen. As always, we’d prefer physical controls for changing temperature etc.

The back seat isn’t too second-class, thanks to a well-shaped bench and good space for head and knees. The boot is deep enough for the outdoorsy kit that features in the lush photography of any big-SUV brochure. The plug-in hybrid loses 15-litres versus the standard car, but that’s not the end of the world.