2012 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test


2012 Volvo S60 T5: Interface Hasn't Grown On Me

September 16, 2011

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I mostly agree with Warren's post yesterday on how the S60 can grow on you the more you drive it. However, its electronic interface is actually the opposite -- the more I use it the more I get annoyed by it. It used to be that iDrive, COMAND and MMI were maligned for their clunky designs, but all have gotten much better in the past couple years. At this point it's the S60's interface that's a step behind.

In general, it's just harder to get what you want in the S60. Either because of deep menu structures or the lack of true joystick capability (or both), I've found myself spending more time fiddling around trying to find or get what I want in terms of audio, navigation and car setup. There are also some specific things that just bug me, including a slow-acting iPod interface and a lack of radio preset functionality from the steering wheel controls (they only tune stations, and I can't seem to get that to change).

I'm not saying the S60's interface is terrible, because it's not. And compared to Volvos from a couple years ago, it's actually a lot better, particularly in terms of the navigation system. But there's still room for improvement.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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