2010 Volvo XC60 T6: Flip Happy Seats
May 18, 2010
Our long-term Volvo XC60 pulled yeoman's duty this weekend, hauling a ton of boxed discount audio gear around L.A. The XC60's rear seat does not slide fore-aft, but it does make itself quite useful with a split folding setup and slick headrests that duck out of the way with the flick of a lever.
When loading gear from the hatch, even those of average height can reach the latches on the top of the seat backs. The XC60's seats fold down in three sections (40/20/40), and a quick lift of the seatback latch lets you easily tumble the sections forward. For the outboard seats, a small adjacent lever flops the headrests down, letting the seatbacks fall flat even when the front seats are set back quite a bit.
The sizable flat load floor (Volvo claims 17 square feet) feels as solid and drum tight as a Swedish fishing boat, and the short-pile carpet is a boon for sliding cardboard boxes. The squared off lower section of the XC60 hatch lets items about a foot tall rest all the way back against the tailgate, increasing the load length.
Returning the seatbacks upright takes a little effort due to their secure-feeling heft, and you can lock them in place when upright. For as curvy as it is, the XC60's flat and solid load floor was a bit of a surprise, reeks of quality, and notches it up a bit on the truly useful SUV scale.
Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 15857 miles