A Little Room for Improvement - 2012 Volvo S60 T5 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 T5: A Little Room for Improvement

August 12, 2011

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If it sounds like I'm nitpicking, well, I am. That's because I think our Volvo S60 is really quite good overall. There aren't any glaring faults, like a long throttle tip-in, or substandard interior materials, or difficult controls. Nope, everything pretty much suits me just fine...except...

That gap under the lip of the hood shown above. It shouldn't bother me, but it does. I'm seeing too much of the substructure for my tastes. I think it could have been covered up with some black plastic, or maybe the black paint on the windshield surround could have been carried an inch or so higher to obscure this view.

Then there are the digital readouts in the gauges.

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The coarse resolution reminds me of an 8-bit video game from the 1980s. Given how tack-sharp the nav screen is, I think this could be an area for Volvo to look into.

That's it. Nothing too serious, and that's a good thing.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 3,926 miles


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