Seats Don't Fit Me - 2015 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Volvo S60: Seats Don't Fit Me

April 17, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

There's no more difficult part of a car to evaluate than the seats. For example, Cameron's frame fits nicely in the sport seats of our 2015 Volvo S60 while I would rather sit on the floor.

Okay, that's a little extreme, but I do have some serious issues with the seats that keep me from driving it more often than not.

2015 Volvo S60

First up is the seat height. For the benefit of shorter drivers and those moving from crossovers into a sedan, the seat height of our Volvo is quite high. This makes getting in and out easy and gives you a commanding view of the road. But it's about 3 inches higher than I prefer. I just feel like I'm riding the car, not riding in the car.

In the same vein, the bottom of the driver seat simply doesn't tilt back enough. I can tilt the seat bottom forward to simulate the experience of a dunk tank, but I can't tilt the back down to, you know, make it comfortable. There's also no thigh support. C'mon. Even the Mini's got extendable thigh support.

Next up: Bolsters. They're incredibly aggressive and they don't fit my shoulders, which means I get to hunch while driving the Volvo. Turns out, hunching is a good thing because it's the only way for the back of my skull to clear the headrests which, like everything else about these seats, offer no adjustments.

These heated-but-not-cooled seats also don't breathe well, trapping all of your precious sweat in a pool by your crotch where it belongs.

These seats either fit you or they don't. Other cars in this segment offer multiple adjustments for height, seat-bottom angle, headrest height and intrusion, bolster aggressiveness and thigh support. The Volvo's seats, on the other hand, go backwards and forwards, up and down(ish).

These seats look great, the material is beyond reproach and the seat heaters work well, but for me, the negatives outweigh these very strong positives.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 3,826 miles


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