by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 9, 2016
Occasionally, we'll have a long-term test vehicle that lacks sliding/extendable sun visors that provide full side window coverage. Complaining about it can perhaps come off as nitpicking. But if this were my 2015 Volvo S60, I'd still be irked that I couldn't extend the visor.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on November 18, 2015
What does this gauge mean? I spent the weekend in our 2015 Volvo S60 trying to figure that out. It says "Power" — which I take to mean a good thing — but it offers no other identifying information. No other text or numbers.
There are just two elements: A yellow line on the left and the yellow arrow on the right. Oh, and they move. The non-descriptive nature reminds me of the boost gauges you'd see in old Saabs. They didn't show psi in numbers; the needle simply went from white to red.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 3, 2015
Besides testing out some divided opinions on my recent family road trip, I also had the opportunity to find out how well our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 could handle the various drinks, snacks and personal items that are part of such trips. An exhaustive report equal in size and importance to the Warren Commission's follows.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 9, 2015
A weekend in the 2015 Volvo S60 has convinced me that it has the best steering wheel controls in our fleet. The S60 steering wheel incorporates buttons that control only the most commonly used features. That may seem obvious or redundant to say, but many automakers can't pull off this simple design.
Let's look at the buttons that the S60's wheels has and how the controls differ from other manufacturers.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on September 16, 2015
I like to think we're mostly respectable people here at Edmunds. The editorial staff is used to driving test cars, we respect all of our vehicles, and do our best to keep them up to snuff.
That's why I was disappointed when I noticed a few deep nicks in the center console of our 2015 Volvo S60.
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.
May 21, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 just cleared 5,000 miles. We normally try to capture the moment when the odometer clicks over, but the jet-lagged editor who took this photo didn't notice the five-grand mark until his personal fog had cleared 100 miles later.
Taking a look back at our Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E, so far there have been zero mechanical failures and zero reasons to visit the dealer. For the most part, this Swedish sedan has been easy to live with, praised for its powerful engine, good handling-to-ride compromise, classy interior and comfy front seats. It should be noted the S60 has also been panned for its seats, but Mike Magrath is an "outlier," as we say. I don't want to imply his opinion doesn't count, but...
Truth is, we don't love everything about Volvo's new supercharged/turbocharged four-door. In fact...
April 29, 2015
Our 2015 Volvo S60 really wants to you to think of it as the Scandanavian alternative to the 3 Series or A4. It's trying very hard. In testing, we've found it has pretty neutral handling and balanced grip for a sporty front-wheel-drive sedan. It even sends enough power to the front tires to induce a little playful wheelspin when you give it some instant acceleration.
But power delivery isn't all that linear or smooth, and that's maybe no surprise given the four-cylinder engine's complicated twin-charged (turbocharged and supercharged) design (but still leaps better than old Volvo turbos, we say). That playful wheelspin all too easily turns into torque-steer, with the front end pulling hard to one side away from you and forcing hard steering correction. Nor are the brakes quite up to benchmark standards for sport sedans.
Ultimately the S60 has its work cut out to convince us that it's able to hang with the established rivals, at least in its performance.
April 22, 2015
With fractured fingers and shoulder earned from crashing my motorcycle on a track day, I needed a car that required minimal effort. Remembering that our previous long-term S60 had adjustable steering effort, I signed out our new 2015 Volvo S60.
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.
April 8, 2015
You expect a rear-facing convertible car seat to be easy to install in a car like the 2015 Volvo S60, right?
And sure enough, it took me very little time and minimal brainpower to get my child's oversize seat nice and snug using the LATCH anchors in the passenger-side rear position. The rolled-up towel helped me achieve the desired seat-back angle while compressing the seat during the installation, but otherwise, there's nothing difficult about it.
March 16, 2015
Last Tuesday night I drove home from a bike ride in our 2015 Volvo S60. When I jumped in the car the temperature was in the low 40s. It was chilly. I activated the heated steering wheel and driver seat.
The next day I got a surprise.
March 9, 2015
"Schmidt, have you spent any time in a Volvo with the sport seats? They are amazing. We need to test one just so we can sit in those things for a year." Thus began my begging crusade to add any Volvo to our long-term fleet as long as it had the sport seat option. Luckily for me, Volvo just loaned us a 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E, which comes standard with the ultra-comfy buckets.