2015 Volvo S60: Reconfigurable Instrument Panel
April 14, 2015
I remember a Volvo official from Sweden making a big fuss over the new instrument panel in the 2015 Volvo S60 at the launch event in Spain. It was understandable. Previously, the S60 had pretty conventional looking (but attractive) gauges with equal-size dials for the speedometer and tachometer. As is fashionable these days, the new gauges are reconfigurable.
Volvo gives you three different motifs: Elegance, Eco and Performance. Then you choose Color or Contrast mode.
It's a nice idea, but ultimately, the Performance motif in Contrast mode is the only setup I can stand to look at for longer than 60 seconds. Performance is just too red in Color mode, for example.
Meanwhile, the Elegance motif is too plain (or maybe "austere" is the nicer way of putting it) and the tach is too small to be useful over there on the right.
The Eco instrument panel is a little more interesting to look at, but the tach is still undersized. Plus, I find any kind of instant fuel economy coaching (the meter on the left) pressuring and distracting to watch while driving.
Ultimately (and this is going to make me sound hopelessly old and out of touch), I prefer the more traditional instrumentation we had in our long-term 2012 S60. Note the bitmapped font! Good thing Volvo didn't consult me before updating the IP for modern times.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 3,171 miles