In a similar vein to its exterior, the relationship between the V60’s cabin and that of Volvo’s other models – with the one exception of the XC40, perhaps – is clear.
Despite not feeling quite as airy as, say, an XC90 or V90 – arguably a result of our test car’s dark interior palette – the V60’s overall layout is all much of a muchness. The dashboard is dominated by the portrait-oriented 9.0in Sensus touchscreen infotainment system, which is in turn flanked by stylised rectangular air vents.
The portrait-oriented touchscreen is used to operate the bulk of the V60’s functions – covering everything from the DAB radio and satellite navigation to the car’s vast array of safety systems. A selection of web apps – including Spotify, Google search and Yelp – are also available, although an internet connection is understandably required for these to work. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is also available as an option.
To its credit, Volvo has done a rather excellent job of making the system look sharp and operate smoothly from a graphical standpoint, although a greater number of physical controls would be welcome. The heating, ventilation and air-con settings are predominantly controlled through a sub-menu within the system, which can make them fiddly to use when on the move, particularly if you’re right-handed.