2012 Volvo S60 T5: Kudos to Tall Swedes!
August 03, 2011
After yesterday's tale of the Fiat 500 and its headroom-robbing sunroof comes a car perfectly suited for tall folks like me. The Volvo S60 ticks all the boxes for me. Tons of seat bottom tilt for added thigh support and extra room? Check. Huge amount of wheel telescoping allowing for comfortable arm bend? Check. Can I still reach the center stack controls? Check. Sunroof chewing into headroom? Nope.
Frankly, it shouldn't be surprising that the S60 and Volvos in general are ideal for tall people when they hail from a country filled with lanky dudes like this. Sure, everyone's not exactly an Alexander Skarsgård, but the average Swedish male is still a half inch shy of 6 feet tall. For comparison, both the United States and Italy are 5 foot 9 1/2; Germany is 5 foot 10; South Korea is 5 foot 8 1/2; Japan is 5 foot 7 1/2.
I don't think it's surprising, then, that I don't comfortably fit in the Nissan Leaf and other cars designed and sold in Japan (American models like the Accord and Altima are different). I'd say average heighted people are lucky, but then I can reach that can from the top shelf.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,803 miles