Overachieving Washers - 2012 Volvo S60 T5 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 T5: Overachieving Washers

February 13, 2012


I'm a 'clean windshield' guy -- I use the sprayers nearly every time I get in a different car. And though you can't tell from this photo, our longterm 2012 Volvo S60 T5 has some seriously powerful windshield and headlight washers.

These sprayers manhandle the intended targets, sure, but they also take care of the side windows and the backlight in a way I don't recall seeing on another car recently. And I don't mean a little mist or a few droplets on these secondary surfaces -- in this Volvo, the sides and rear get drizzled with surprisingly even coverage.

Part of this is because the S60's backlight is very steeply raked, but it takes pump pressure too. One downside is that there's no rear wiper so the droplets tend to stick around, mingle with any grit or grime and form spots. Ah well.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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