2015 Volvo S60: 5,000 Miles of Praise, A Few Peeves
May 21, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 just cleared 5,000 miles. We normally try to capture the moment when the odometer clicks over, but the jet-lagged editor who took this photo didn't notice the five-grand mark until his personal fog had cleared 100 miles later.
Taking a look back at our Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E, so far there have been zero mechanical failures and zero reasons to visit the dealer. For the most part, this Swedish sedan has been easy to live with, praised for its powerful engine, good handling-to-ride compromise, classy interior and comfy front seats. It should be noted the S60 has also been panned for its seats, but Mike Magrath is an "outlier," as we say. I don't want to imply his opinion doesn't count, but...
Truth is, we don't love everything about Volvo's new supercharged/turbocharged four-door. In fact...
...the first nuisance to crop up was the laggy current speed limit indicator within the instrument panel. This is a great location for this feature, right near the large digital speedo and easy to see and read quickly. But if the speed limit is wrong half of the time, how much help is it really?
One of our more whiny editors complained of pinching his delicate fingers on the Volvo's door handles as he'd enter the car. He wasn't the only one to notice this, though. It's an imperfect design for sure.
And then there's Volvo's Auto Braking by City Safety feature, which apparently hates the Edmunds parking garage gates. Or maybe it's just messing with us when it suddenly slams on the brakes long before the car reaches the barrier arm.
But overall, these are relatively minor issues in what is proving to be a comfy, everyday sedan packing good sauce under the hood.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 5,100 miles