2015 Volvo S60: Safely Hauls Home The Bacon
May 28, 2015
I often do the grocery shopping for my family. I realize this is mundane personal trivia, similar to revealing that I also wear a giant banana costume and dance around to Metallica when no one is home, but it provides an opportunity to learn how our long-term cars handle this common task (the grocery-hauling that is, not the fruit-shaking to "Harvester of Sorrow").
I've found that our 2015 Volvo S60 stands out as one of the better ones.
The main reason why is the S60's trunk grocery bag holder that's part of the optional Convenience package (which came as part of our umbrella Platinum package). It's nothing high-tech, just a flip-up lid that forms a barrier wall. But you don't need much. Lift it up and it stays in place, providing a shorter trunk area that keeps the bags and their contents from sliding forward.
There's also a yellow elastic band mounted underneath the lid that you can use to secure a bag or two plus two hooks if you want to hold up plastic bag handles. When you're done hauling home the bacon, you just flip the lid back down and it sits flush with the trunk floor.
Because of the intrusion from the trunk lid hinges, there's only enough space for about four reusable bags going across. But that's enough for my typical weekend haul. Plus, the pop-up wall is quicker and easier to use, making it a superior alternative to the more common cargo net.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,521 miles