You Call That An Air Conditioner? - 2012 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60: You Call That An Air Conditioner?

June 27, 2011

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Summer has finally arrived in the South Bay. Normally this time of year, we get beset with June Gloom. It's cloudy and chilly in the morning and sometimes it takes well into the afternoon before it burns off and you see the sun.

Well this weekend was different. I was running errands as early at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning and it was already sunny and warm. By noon it was downright hot. A beautiful Southern California day.

I had two more stops to make between noon and 1:00 p.m. and was forced to park in the sun at both locations. The Volvo with its lovely black interior gets hot very quickly.

The air conditioner is weak. It only cools the car when you have the fan cranked up to a ridiculously loud level. And it doesn't have enough vents for the driver. There is one left of the gauges which you can direct at your face. But there isn't one on the right. In the middle there is one wide vent that you can't adjust far enough left to cool the driver. I was quite miserable driving around in the sun.

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Give me an American car's A/C any day.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 1,461 miles


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