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Volvo S60 Cross Country interior, tech and comfort

2015 - 2016 (change model)
Comfort rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

Written by Graeme Lambert Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

  • High driving position
  • Intuitive cabin

If you’ve read our Volvo S60 or Volvo V60 reviews and had a look at the gallery you’ll notice the cabin of this Volvo S60 Cross Country is exactly the same, with no discernible difference between the standard car and this rough, tough crossover – there’s not even any badging to give the game away.

Same layout as the Volvo S60 Saloon

But that means, on the whole, the cabin of the Volvo S60 Cross Country is superb. The layout is typically intuitive, and Volvo just about clings onto its clichéd buttons big enough to be operated while wearing gloves ergonomics. The colour infotainment screen is better than in early S60 models and the control is reasonably easy to navigate with, though not as slick as some of its more premium German rivals.

As with regular Volvo V60 and S60 models some may find the driving position of this S60 Cross Country compromised by a slightly too high-set seat, but it’s countered with a steering wheel generous with its adjustment for reach.

Our only criticisms would be the sea of grey used for the plastics, which look high quality but also slightly dull, plus piano black trim inlays that could be prone to scratching.

  • Great front seats
  • Slightly firm ride

The thing which makes Volvo S60 Cross Country comfort near imperious is its seats. The chairs in the S60 Cross Country – especially those in the front – are incredible, and probably the most influential factor in this car’s overall comfort.

Plenty of adjustment along with thick, supple leather and just the right amount of padding and bolstering mean there are few situations you’ll wish for anything different. Better side supports would help when driving especially quickly, though.

Very comfortable seats

They’re backed up by a soft and supple ride that feels especially close to the standard car’s set up, though clearly slightly firmer in a bid to deal with the higher centre of gravity. Lumps and bumps are dealt with efficiently, with only the slightest of shimmies to be felt through the steering wheel when traversing the sharpest of lumps and bumps.

It’s quiet too, with little in the way of wind or road noise audible, though the four-cylinder diesel does get a little noisy when accelerating hard.