Eight months into its Four Seasons test, the Volvo S60 is ready to tackle winter head-on. To help it in this task, we've outfitted it with a set of eighteen-inch Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D snow tires, which replace the orginal-equipment Continental ContiProContacts. In combination with the T6's all-wheel drive, we expect that the Dunlops will provide excellent traction in the slippery white stuff. In addition, a set of WeatherTech floor mats have been installed to save the carpet from the ravages of the slush and salt that cover our roads every time the snow flies. Now we just have to wait for that to happen, as we've only been blessed with the lightest of snowfalls so far.
Since our last update, the S60 has taken only one out-of-state jaunt, with road test editor Chris Nelson to Chicago for Thanksgiving. From there, he drove to St. Louis before making his way back to Ann Arbor via Chicago. Nelson reports: "In my ten hours of drive time, there was not a single issue, except that after sitting in the driver's seat for that long I was beginning to cramp up a bit. Seriously, that's my only complaint. Cargo space? Ample. Comfort? Extraordinary. Performance? Plenty. Looks? Damn good."
Nelson may have had few complaints, but the nitpickers among us still have found a few items to grumble about, "little niggles, the tiniest of scratches on the otherwise excellent veneer of this car," according to one of our resident Pecksniffs. For instance, the seat heaters take a little too long to warm our precious tushes. The illumination from the instrument cluster causes big reflections on the windowshield unless the lighting is dimmed a lot. The steering column doesn't telescope far enough back. (If you didn't know better, you'd almost think we were part of the one percent with nothing more crucial to report on.)
On the other hand, the fact that we're even commenting on these minor items is a tribute to how trouble-free the S60 has been since it arrived in our fleet. Other than the flat tire we reported on a few months back, our only service visits have been for routine maintenance. Stay tuned over the winter as we report on how our Nordic sedan handles the harsh conditions.