Volvo has always been a brand that defines luxury, opulence, and sophistication while not being too outlandish. The XC60 is just that. An extremely classy and stylish vehicle that also offers a gorgeously crafted interior. For 2022, a new infotainment system finds its way inside the XC60, making it even more responsive and more intuitive. But the major changes are made on the outside where the 2022 model also sees a new design.
Another major change is the fact that all the powertrains are being replaced with a mild-hybrid system. The XC60 is celebrated among critics as a very competent luxury SUV. But how does it stack up against the established German rivals?
The 2022 Volvo XC60 comes in just three trims – Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. The pricing kicks off at $43,745 and it competes against the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, Porsche Macan, and BMW X3.
2022 Volvo XC60 Interior Design, Dimensions, and Comfort
The interior of the XC60 is pristine and offers a utilitarian and modern design. There are strong flowing lines from one end of the dash to the other, but they curve around the AC vents and the central infotainment system elegantly.
Unlike what you'll find on typical SUVs, there's a minimal amount of buttons and switchgear below the infotainment screen, instead, most of the buttons and controls are placed on the center console, next to the gear selector. The overall design is quite impressive and the attention to detail is also excellent.
We must also mention that the fit and finish are perfect. Not only that, but the layout is pretty classy and almost all the surfaces are covered in soft-touch materials. Luxury is pretty apparent since even the base trim comes with genuine leather upholstery. However, you can also choose a city weave textile if you don't want leather. Furthermore, the gear shifter also comes wrapped in leather and most of the interior trim pieces feature aluminum accents.
The aura of luxury is heightened when you upgrade to the R-Design. It includes Nappa leather upholstery and metal mesh inlays for the interior trim pieces. The top-of-the-line Inscription trim includes perforated Nappa leather upholstery and gorgeous color scheme options. You can also choose a non-leather fabric if you don’t want leather. There is no doubt that the cabin is a capsule of tranquility and opulence.
The Momentum features 8-way power-adjustable heated front seats, and it comes with a manual tilt and telescoping steering column. The R-Design includes 10-way R-Design Sport front seats, which are also heated. However, the seats are now 10-way power-adjustable and offer 4-way lumbar support.
Finally, the Inscription comes with 12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats with 4-way power lumbar support. The seats are very supportive, comfortable, and also pretty luxurious. The front row is very spacious and offers a ton of legroom and headroom. Finding the perfect driving position is a piece of cake and the visibility all around is also pretty good.
The rear row is just as relaxing as the front row, but only if two passengers are seated. Fitting in 3 adults could be a bit cramped. Headroom and legroom are pretty generous though and taller adults shouldn’t have too much of a problem being seated at the back. Overall, the interior of the XC60 is excellently crafted.
2022 Volvo XC60
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
2022 Porsche Macan
2022 BMW X3
Total Interior Passenger Volume (cubic feet)
Front (Headroom/ Shoulder Room/ Legroom) (inches)
Rear (Headroom/ Shoulder Room/ Legroom) (inches)
The XC60's rear row is the most spacious when compared to the likes of GLC 300, Macan, and X3. The front row is spacious in all of the SUVs with plenty of room to stretch.
2022 Volvo XC60 Infotainment
The Volvo XC60 comes with a 9” infotainment touchscreen right at the center of the dashboard, flanked by two AC vents. Volvo has upgraded the system from the Sensus infotainment system to their latest Google Android-based interface. The new system is a big upgrade over the previous year’s system. It is more intuitive, more responsive, and also offers more personalization options.
Standard features include all that you could ask for, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Volvo Cars app remote services, Bluetooth, USB-C ports, AT&T Sensus Connect mobile hotspot, inductive charging, etc. The topmost trim also includes navigation and real-time traffic display.
The Momentum trim comes with a 220W 10-speaker High-Performance audio system, while the R-Design and Inscription upgrade to a 600W 14-speaker Harman/Kardon premium sound system.
Key infotainment features
9” Google-based infotainment system
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Google Play Store
AT&T Sensus Connect mobile hotspot
14-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system
2022 Volvo XC60 Cargo Capacity
As standard, the XC60 comes with 22 cubic feet of cargo storage, which is decent, albeit not the best. You can easily fit your week’s groceries, or take your kids on a camping trip or a short family vacation.
However, folding down the rear seats would allow for a total storage of 63.3 cubic feet, which would allow you to store bigger items with ease.
2022 Volvo XC60
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
2022 Porsche Macan
2022 BMW X3
Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Maximum Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
As we mentioned, the XC60 isn’t the best when it comes to cargo storage and that becomes pretty apparent when you look at the GLC’s and X3’s cargo capacities. But still, the XC60 offers pretty decent cargo capacity.
Additional Interior Storage Spaces
Inside the cabin, you'll find a couple of small storage bins in the front row. The center console storage bin is also decently sized. Other than that, you get deep door pockets and a pair of cupholders for both the front and the rear row. Of course, there is a sizable glovebox present as well.
2022 Volvo XC60 Creature Comforts
Being a luxury vehicle, the XC60 comes loaded with a plethora of standard features and creature comforts. The base trim comes with 8-way power-adjustable front seats, leatherette steering wheel, genuine leather upholstery, driver seat memory, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, 12.’3” driver information display, cruise control, and a panoramic sunroof.
The R-Design upgrades to Nappa leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats, 4-way power lumbar support, quad-zone climate control, and more. The Inscription adds genuine wood console inserts, leatherette upholstered dash, 12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, and perforated Nappa leather upholstery.
There is no denying the fact that the XC60 has a beautifully crafted and well-thought-out interior. Not only is the fit and finish excellent, but the choices of materials are impressive as well. Since it's a luxury SUV, it comes with a host of standard features and creature comforts, which would be widely appreciated. The cabin is spacious and roomy while practicality is also another major factor that's laudable, even though it is not the most practical SUV in its segment. We love what Volvo has done with the infotainment system too.
So, if you’re in the market for a practical and luxurious SUV, the 2022 Volvo XC60 is worth checking out.