My family consists of me, my partner, our seven month old daughter and two small dogs. I thought this size of SUV would suit our needs, although I thought “maybe the bigger XC90 would be better”.
That’s largely because our daughter is always in a rear-facing child seat, which really eats up a lot of space in the cabin. My partner could fit in the passenger seat, but not as comfortably as you might expect. The R-Design model’s sport seats feel a bit bulkier in shape, and we found it tighter than expected.
That said, if you have a forward-facing seat or a booster seat, it might be fine. And there is a really nice feature in the second row of the XC60 – integrated booster seats. If your child weighs between 15 and 36 kg, is over 95 cm tall and is over three years old, they can use these booster seats – and they can choose which side too. They are also height adjustable depending on the age/weight of the child. Very pleasant.
There are also the required ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the outboard seats, as well as three top tether points. In addition, this grade has four-zone climate control (with two individual temperature zones in the second row) and there are adjustable air vents in the center and in the side pillars, ensuring air circulation abundant.
If you have older kids or adults who travel more regularly, space in the back is pretty good. I sat behind my own riding position (182cm/6’0″) and had enough knee, foot and head room to sit comfortably. It is wide enough in the back to theoretically fit three abreast, but it could be a squish.
Rear-seat amenities are good, with door bottle holders, map pockets, a fold-down armrest with stowable cupholders and a USB charging point.
Now, what about the layout of the front seats? There is a very nice covered cupholder section between the seats with a wireless charger section up front (plus a very small nook with a 12 volt outlet in front), a covered center console bin and pockets in doors with bottle holders . A little more storage up front wouldn’t go astray.
The seats offer decent adjustability and they’re comfortable – if a bit firm. That’s because it’s the R-Design. The Inscription or Momentum models have softer, more comfortable seats.
Trunk space is an important factor for any family SUV, and the XC60’s cargo area is decently sized, but far from best in class. It has 505 liters of trunk with the seats in place, and 1432L with the seats folded down. It’s okay, but some rivals have a lot more volume, and although we managed to fit the demo Cars Guide set of hard luggage (36L, 95L, 124L), there wasn’t much room for anything else. We also made it with the bigger suitcase and a folding pram, but again it was tight. As I said, families with very young children (where portacots and pushchairs are vital) might find this a little too compromised.