2012 Volvo S60 T5: Hooray Options
July 13, 2011
By now you're all familiar with two things about me: 1) I like cars that give me options on default behaviors. 2) That I hate cars with auto locking doors.
I assumed that our 2012 Volvo S60 T5 would have the auto locking doors because, well, Volvo. That and people like to think it's safer. So you can see how pleased I was to find out not only is this feature disableable, but the keyless door locks also have multiple options.
The first option "all doors unlock" means what it says, when you go to ANY door on the car and pull the handle, all doors unlock -- perfect, that's the way I want it. There are also some other clever ones here such as doors on same side, both front doors and any door. Any door is particularly interesting as only the door you touch unlocks. Usually this feature is limited to the front doors so if you don't have all doors selected, you're forced to use the front doors and then manually unlock the rears. As if. On the Volvo, all doors have the sensor and can be individually opened. More options = more better.
Also, we should take a second and note how easy to use and in-depth the new Volvo information system is. But we'll surely get into that more later. For now, door locks and a happy me.
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com