When you say family car, most people these days think SUV. However, I am a bit of a fan of sedans. They tend to be nicer to drive than SUVs, have good legroom and ample boot space. The Volvo S60 is a fantastic sedan to drive and we found it a great BabyDrive for our family of three. Provided you don't regularly need to remove and reinstall your child seats!
The media system in the Volvo S60 feels a little different to use than most because the screen is portrait rather than landscape. Once you are used to it, it feels pretty easy to navigate and use and you can swipe right to access all the features like auto engine cut out etc and turn on or off what you want…
…or swipe the screen downwards for the settings.
The S60 also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The reversing camera image is at the top of the screen and you can turn the parking sensor and sat-nav voice volume up and down with the buttons on the steering wheel, which is a great family-friendly feature.
Another fantastic family feature of the S60 is you can control the rear aircon from the media screen.
There are also vents in the rear side pillars as well as the usual position in the back of the central console box.
There is a child lock button in the driver's door panel that will lock the rear doors and windows.
Fitting child seats into a sedan is always a little tricky because of the low roofline, in the S60 we found the headrests both a help and a hinderance.
There are three top tether anchorages in the fixed parcel shelf behind the headrests, the headrests fold forward making them surprisingly easy to access and connect to.
Unfortunately, the same headrests make it almost impossible to put our forward-facing child seats into the two outer seats as they pushed the top of the child seats forward. We found we could only fit our daughter's forward-facing child seat in the central seating position.
We could fit booster seats into the outer seats only.
The Volvo S60 tested had a sunblind on the back window which is great for keeping the sun off the heads and faces of rear-facing passengers.
Storage is good throughout the S60, with ample cup holders, good size door bins and a storage net in the front footwell as well as map pockets in the back.
The boot of the Volvo S60 is a good size and we could fit thirteen shopping bags in there. Being a sedan there is the fact you have to bend down into the boot but I didn't find it difficult in the week we tested it.
All sizes of stroller fitted in the boot with good amounts of shopping but you can't put a dog in the boot of a sedan with fixed parcel shelf!
The Volvo S60 is a lovely car to drive. It is smooth and quiet and has a relaxed and confident feel.
Six airbags come as standard in the Volvo S60.