Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Very similar to all other new-generation Volvos inside
  • Interior dominated by portrait-format infotainment screen
  • Comfortable seat and driving position for relaxed cruising

Inside, it’s like most contemporary Volvos, which isn’t a surprise, given how well designed the basic architecture is. The dashboard is clean and features a high centre console with some big cubbies and neat detailing like diamond knurling on switchgear like the starter and drive mode select wheel. You sit low and cocooned between the high centre console and thickly-padded doors – it's snug and inviting.

One word of note if you're considering downsizing from the larger S90: it's not quite as plush in here as its larger cousin, with greater expanses of hard plastic and less decorative trim on the door panels. The top of the dashboard is made from pretty cheap and scratchy plastic.

Volvo’s portrait-style 9.0-inch Sensus infotainment system dominates, with an iPad-like usability to it. One criticism we would make, is that it does have near-endless numbers of menus and submenus and it can take a while to find what you're after. 

There’s plenty of safety equipment available including the latest version of Volvo’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system that steers, brakes and accelerates in-lane for you for short periods of time. Other tech like cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and kit like run-off road mitigation and oncoming lane mitigation all feature here, too.

Front seats are super-supportive, and are clearly biased towards long-distance comfort, while the rear is roomier than the current BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This nicely complements the car's relaxed and laid-back demeanor.

Is it a comfy-yet-sporty saloon?

  • Even on big wheels, ride comfort is impressive
  • This is a car tuned for long-distance comfort
  • Seats are supportive and multi-adjustable

Although Volvo clearly bills the S60 as a sports saloon, we'd say it's been very capably set-up with comfort in mind. In R-Design Plus form, you get a ride that is actually quite firm, but it has impressive damping and good body control as speeds rise, which means that although it doesn't have a super-soft ride, neither will it jar you on rough roads. We'd consider that a good result in a market sector that's filled with cars that tend to be biased towards sportiness. It rides better than an S90 without the expensive adaptive damper option.

You'll enjoy its unfussed and relaxed overall demeanor. When cruising, it feels flat, planted and very comfortable. Another plus point is that at speed it’s particularly hushed. This aspect alone will make it perfect for the market it’s aimed at – and this overarching sense of calm and low levels of wind and road noise, combined with the excellent front seats makes the S60 an exceptionally accomplished car for covering huge distances.

In the case of the sportier Polestar Engineered model, the ride is firmer, but thanks to its expensive Ohlins dampers, it seldom gets ruffled by what rough roads throw at it. Yes, it can sometimes feel unsettled on concrete motorways, for instance, but such is the excellence of its damping and body control, it never becomes irksome.