2012 Volvo S60 T5: Backseat Action
May 23, 2012
Our 2012 Volvo S60 T5 saw a lot of backseat action during the road trip this weekend. My dog Mya occupied it for the 800-mile round trip on the highway while my dad and brother sat back there for the around-town excursions.
Since it was about 100 degrees or so up in Sacramento, getting cool air to the backseat occupants asap was critical, especially after the car had been sitting out in the afternoon sun for hours. Thankfully there are air vents on the B-pillars and I could point the large center air vent on the dash toward the rear for even more effective cooling.
First, the dog report...
The Volvo's backseat seems made for hauling around seatbelted hounds. Its seatbelt fasteners protrude from the seat for quick and easy buckling. And this probably won't be an issue for anyone else, but I like that the crevice between the seatback and seat cushion was deep enough so I could tuck her blanket in there without fear of her kicking it free and getting all over the leather. I put the center armrest down so that she wouldn't extend to the part of the seat that wasn't covered up, which was just fine by her as she spent most of the trip curled up into a small ball.
When two adults rode in the back -- one 5'5" and the other 5'9" -- they both said it was very comfortable with plenty of legroom (note: short people were in the front seats). My brother who totes a iPad and iPhone everywhere, appreciated the pocket behind the front seat and the small storage compartment in the center armest. In terms of how many people can comfortably fit back there, though, I could not see slotting a third person in there between those two.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor