2015 Volvo S60: The Windshield Squiggles
June 30, 2015
As noted in the intro, we checked the box for the $1,550 Climate package on our long-term 2015 Volvo S60. The package includes heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, heated washer nozzles, an active cabin filter that Volvo calls IAQS (Interior Air Quality System) and...drumroll...a heated windshield.
That last item is why our S60 simulates the experience of having a lot of long squiggly floaters. From the driver seat, the windshield's embedded heating elements are everywhere you look. It's annoying at best, and I can see how it could be distracting, too, since it puts an extra layer of visual data between your eyes and what they're supposed to be looking at.
I would definitely want the Climate package in my S60 if I lived in a sometimes-cold place, but the windshield squiggles kill the mood for me. Unfortunately, only the heated front seats are offered separately, so I'd be missing out on the package's other features.
Shoppers shouldn't have to choose between this generally desirable bundle and a squiggle-free driving experience. Volvo could solve the problem by breaking out the heated windshield as a standalone option going forward.
Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor