2015 Volvo S60: Auto Start/Stop Slow to Reignite Engine
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on September 30, 2015
I'm ok with the fuel-saving auto start/stop in vehicles as long as they don't impede the driver's commands. Unfortunately, our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 is prone to big stumbles and delayed reactions.
Some of the better systems detect when pressure on the brake pedal begins to decrease and trigger the startup. The Volvo doesn't start up until the pedal seems to reach a certain point in the stroke. There were several occasions while driving recently where I needed a quicker than normal launch and the S60 was far too slow to get moving. In some cases, I'd also get an unexpected lurch forward.
So I'll be driving with auto start/stop disabled or in Sport mode from now on.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor