2012 Volvo S60 T5: Form and Function
October 25, 2011
Stylish design is one thing. Stylish design that still manages to remain functional is much better. As you can see here, the S60's door panel looks like someone took some time to make it look like more than just your average armrest/window switch/handle. Nice, that's the way it should be on a car in this class.
Thankfully, they didn't go overboard though. The handle is still in the right place, the window switch is right where it should be and there's even a padded armrest. I've driven a few luxury cars lately that seemed to forget that you need to close the door once you open it with door handles moved too far forward to get any leverage. Weird window switches, rock hard armrests and tiny release latches are other common casualties when the designers get too cute. This is a good compromise between the two.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com