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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Front bucket seats are supportive, though some people might find them to be a little too firm
Rear seatbacks fold to create a completely flat load floor that holds 67.4 cubic feet of stuff
Interior is simply Volvo's best effort yet
Road & Track
The 2010 Volvo XC60 isn't a class leader in terms of all-around comfort—rear passengers will likely find themselves short on space—but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com indicate that the XC60 Volvo can match any of its competitors when it comes to materials and cargo space.
The XC60 Volvo is a small luxury crossover with available seating for five inside its relatively comfortable cabin. Reviews of the seating positions vary, however, with many critics raving about the front seats while at the same time deriding the lack of rear-seat room. On the positive side, Edmunds reviewers simply love the "sublime front seat comfort" inside the 2010 Volvo XC60, while ConsumerGuide points out that the front seats "are long-haul comfortable." Cars.com agrees, stating that "the front bucket seats are supportive, though some people might find them to be a little too firm." Unfortunately, Cars.com also remarks that "the backseat is snug," and while "taller adults should be able to make the seat work for a short trip," you definitely shouldn't "expect a lot of room to stretch your legs." ConsumerGuide seconds that opinion, noting that one of the few "significant [faults] of the XC60's interior is the lack of rear-seat room. It's not that the split-bench seat isn't comfortable, but there's no excess legroom, even for adults less than six feet tall."
The interior of the 2010 Volvo XC60 is good for much more than just accommodating passengers, as the ample dimensions of this crossover allow for quite a bit of cargo room. Edmunds reports that "maximum cargo space, at 67 cubic feet, is above average." ConsumerGuide notes the availability of the "large, wide cargo hold" and "additional storage is available under the cargo floor, but the spare tire and jack take up a good chunk of that space." With the rear seats in place, Cars.com mentions that the XC60 Volvo still "offers 30.8 cubic feet of cargo room," which bests competitors like "the Mercedes-Benz GLK350 (23.3), Land Rover LR2 (26.7) or Acura RDX (28.8)." Car and Driver reviewers summarize that the Volvo XC60's "dimensions are generally at or near the top of the charts in its class."
Another standout area for the 2010 Volvo XC60 is the interior build and materials quality. To put it simply, the XC60 Volvo's interior easily qualifies for the luxury class. Cars.com states that "the interior features premium materials and some interesting two-tone color schemes," while Road & Track raves that "the interior is simply Volvo's best effort yet, from the wafer-thin center stack to the contrasting materials throughout." Volvo's high-end materials are more than enough to impress ConsumerGuide reviewers, who are pleased to note that "the optional oak interior trim" is crafted with "genuine hardwood where you can actually feel the grain and texture. Very nicely done, Volvo."
One area where the build quality shines through is in terms of cabin noise levels, and the 2010 Volvo XC60 does a commendable job of keeping road noises outside of the vehicle. ConsumerGuide reports that "most noise sources are well squelched," adding that "the only really noticeable ruckus comes from the engine during hard acceleration." The ride is suitably comfortable as well, as Edmunds describes the XC60 Volvo as "quiet and stable" on the highway.
With the 2010 Volvo XC60, Volvo has crafted an upscale crossover with gorgeous interior materials and practical cargo capacity.