May 18, 2012
This previous weekend I blasted up to NorCal and picked up my new dog. Being 4 months old, he wouldn't be trusted on the fine luxurious leather, so a canine transport crate had to be used. Of course our Explorer, Quest or new Impreza would have been better for this, but we had to make due.
Problem was that the crate wouldn't fit through the rear doors, so a little tinkering had to be done.
May 02, 2012
I noticed today that the S60's trunklid has a lot going on under the lip where its release resides. Packaging here, like most places on a modern car, is critical.
Click on through for the full tour.
February 09, 2012
Not only does the S60 have concealed trunk hinges, it also offers these handy release levers for the rear seatbacks. Not sure why more cars don't have these, but they make loading something larger into the trunk much easier.
Climbing into the rear seat and releasing the seat backs from the inside isn't any great chore, but having exterior releases isn't exactly a massive feat of engineering either. I also noticed that the trunk is pretty large for a car in this class, or at least it looks that way since there aren't any significant intrusions. Overall, it's a well thought out setup that gives this sedan an added measure of practicality.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com
January 23, 2012
Our 2012 Volvo S60 T5 has decent trunk capacity at 13.9 cubic feet. Using the handy Edmunds comparator, we can see that is competitive with the BMW 3-series at 12.0 cu. ft. and the Acura TSX at 14.0 cu. ft.
However, there's a bit of intrusion from the hinge covers. When I loaded suitcases into this vehicle I should have been able to get another small roll-on bag in the there, but I couldn't because of that hinge cover.
The upside for this type of system is that it's simpler, cheaper, and less likely to break than some multi-link systems. And it won't squash you gear like some hinges that protrude into the trunk.
Most of you have your trunk hinge preferences, it seems, from previous posts like this.
Let's hear the rationale.
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~12,000 miles
November 18, 2011
So this morning I'm reading the Volvo's owner's manual -- 351 pages of riveting enlightenment (and you thought I never touched the things) -- and I come across this little gem.
Can you guess what these are for?
September 20, 2011
Well, there it is -- the place where spare tires used to reside. Also note at the top of the frame are the seatback release levers.
What do you suppose is under this cover?
September 06, 2011
Last week I wrote how I'd be using our Volvo S60 for a family road trip over the holiday weekend. Volvo + family + road trip; it's a combination that can result in nothing other than awesome...right?
At first, my wife was excited about the S60. I think she had envisioned tweed jackets, an old boxy 850 wagon with New Hampshire plates and maybe even two golden retrievers jumping in and out of the back. But that was before I had packed the S60 to the brim, and there was still gear left over that we couldn't bring. In fact, the combination of a smallish entry-luxury sedan and our growing family (4-year-old daughter, 4-month-old son and all of the crap you need to bring along for a 4-month-old) was not a particularly good one.