The 2015 Volvo V60 is a compact wagon that seems like a good option for families. But families with babies might have a problem fitting their rear-facing infant-safety seat in the V60's backseat while also carrying a passenger in the front seat.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The forward-facing convertible fit well in the V60, but we ran into complications when using the tether anchor, which is midway down the seatback. Our test car, the V60 T5 AWD Platinum, has a standard load protection net that, when not in use, is stored in a hard-sided case that runs along the top of the seatbacks. To use the tether anchor, we routed the tether strap over the top of the case and connected to the anchor.
- The V60's backseat is nearly flat with small bolsters, allowing our high-back booster seat to sit flat against the seat cushions.
What We Don't
- The V60's two sets of lower Latch anchors are difficult to find. There's a roughly 2-inch-tall cushion that covers the anchors, and to access them you have to insert the Latch connector between the seat cushions and then angle it downward to connect with the anchor. Newer parents may have a tough time finding the anchors.
- To fit the infant seat, we had to move the front passenger seat as far forward as possible and then angle the seatback forward, too. Our tester in the front passenger seat found the seating position uncomfortable.
- We also had to move the front passenger seat forward from our tester's preferred position to fit the rear-facing convertible. Our 5-foot-6 tester still had enough knee room, but taller passengers will be uncomfortable.
- The seat belt buckle is embedded in the bottom cushion and sits close to the booster seat's base, making it difficult for younger kids to buckle up independently.
A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.
B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.
C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.
D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.
F: Does not fit or is unsafe.
About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks
Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.
We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.
Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.
Cars.com photos by Jennifer Newman