2012 Volvo S60 T5: Manual Mode Not The Best
November 09, 2011
What's with the manual mode on the transmission of our longterm 2012 Volvo S60 T5? It doesn't shift quickly, and it makes no attempt whatsoever to match revs, that's what.
Don't fire up your Amiga to tell me that doesn't matter, that nobody uses manual mode. I do. It matters to me. Even in non-performance-oriented cars, manual modes are a boon. In slow and go driving, downshifting is preferable to braking. So there.
Anyway, I'm encouraged that Volvo took the step to include a manual mode in the S60 T5 autobox, but the execution could be better.
--Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor