2012 Volvo S60 T5: Dog Food
July 21, 2011
Driving home in our 2012 Volvo S60 T5, my daughter phoned to tell me we needed dog food. I made a quick detour and picked up a 35 lb bag.
Of course the Volvo's trunk had no trouble swallowing this single item, but along the way it became clear the 2012 edition of the S60 has a pretty decent trunk despite a rather average stated capacity of 12.0 cubic feet.
First and foremost, its genereous trunk opening features a low, broad sill that makes it easy to hoist a clumsy item like this in and out.
The inside is nicely finished and 4 sturdy metal tie down hooks jut through the lining from the structure below. There's a lamp in there, too.
And there's this...
Dual seatback release handles disengage the rear 60/40 seatbacks so they can be flopped forward. There's no spring action that pushes the cushions forward - you either have to reach in and push or use the long item you're trying to load to nudge them over.
So far that's not too unusual, but the Volvo S60 uses a flush design that prevents luggage from snagging the release handles. More exposed designs can potentially hook on a backpack strap or perhaps even break off from a direct encounter with an inflexible suitcase. The downside here is it takes a bit of learning to find the right spot and pull back on the small recessed levers that trigger the release.
The Volvo S60 doesn't have a particularly big trunk, but it is fairly functional nonetheless.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,542 miles