Inside, the XC60 is has a very appealing design, taking design attributes from other Volvos, like the 'floating' center stack with storage behind, and meshing it with an updated version of the smooth but more upright dash in the XC90—with the center stack slightly angled toward the driver. The wood (Nordic Light Oak) or metallic-finished center stack (surfaces with curves that remind us of Scandinavian furniture) verges into the gauge cluster hood, and all sorts of pleasing colors and textures—including contrasting two-tone seats—fill out the cabin.
Overall, the XC60 is a handsome machine. It has an exterior that's organic and rakish from some angles, just like the S60 sedan that was designed by the same team, while it's a little more reined-in and formal. Particularly from the side, where some crossovers in this class either look like squat station wagons on stilts, or slightly elongated faux-rugged utes, the XC60 design is smooth and cohesive, with shoulders that flow nearly from headlamps to taillights. The large "ironmark" badge and big grille complete the slightly more athletic look.