Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in October 2017 about the 2018 Volvo XC60. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. See what’s new for 2019 or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
The verdict: Volvo’s redesign of its large three-row SUV, the XC90, was a hit — and now it’s the smaller XC60’s turn. The five-passenger SUV gets remade for 2018 with new styling, technology updates and more safety features. It also got about 2 additional inches of rear passenger legroom this year, which makes the new version more accommodating for car seats.
Does it fit three car seats? No
Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2019 Volvo XC60.
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- Latch: Two sets of anchors sit under hinged plastic doors; they’re easy to find and use. Three top tether anchors sit midway down the seatbacks; they’re clearly marked and easy to use.
- Rear-facing convertible: The seat was easy to install, and the front passenger had a bit more legroom than when the infant was installed.
- Forward-facing convertible: Easy install and good fit. The fixed head restraint doesn’t interfere with the fit, but we needed to look in the owner’s manual for instructions on how to connect to the top tether anchor; it must be routed around the head restraint and under the cargo cover. Once we figured that out, connection was easy.
- Booster: The fixed head restraint didn’t interfere with the booster’s fit. The buckles are on short but stable stalks, and they should be tall enough for kids to grasp and use independently.
- Infant seat: This seat was easy to install, but we needed to move the front passenger seat up. The 5-foot, 6-inch passenger’s legs were not quite touching the glove box; taller passengers will not be comfortable.
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Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz 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 shorter 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. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.
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.
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