Eleven months into the Volvo S60's one-year stay in Ann Arbor, the Automobile Magazine staff seem to be in agreement on the virtues of the Swedish sedan.
The quality and aesthetics of the cabin have gotten high marks, particularly the supportive and comfortable seats. "Volvo calls our S60's front chairs sport seats, but my rear end tells me otherwise. Instead of deep, restrictive buckets, these seats are as comfortable as an old leather sofa. The secret appears to be a firm center on both the seat bottom and seatback surrounded by the pillowy bolsters," opined senior editor Eric Tingwall. "There's no such thing as a bad seat in the house here," added associate web editor Evan McCausland. "It's almost impossible not to find your perfect driving position, thanks to a telescoping steering column that offers a surprising amount of fore/aft travel." Others chimed in with words like "superb," "spectacular," "divine," and "fantabulous" to describe the S60's seats.
The comfortable cabin was clearly one of the reasons that the S60 also became a favorite vehicle for medium-distance cruising and evening commutes. "This is the perfect car after a very long day at the office: it just drives so smoothly, comfortably, and effortlessly. My half-hour commute felt like ten minutes," commented copy editor Rusty Blackwell. "The S60 took me to downtown Detroit for the F-Series Super Duty Platinum launch, back to Ann Arbor, all around town over the weekend, then back to the Detroit airport Monday morning. Finally, driving home from the airport last night, I was amazed to realize just how many miles I had covered in the Volvo. Our S60's combination of power, comfort, and luxury make short work of freeway driving."
On a maintenance note, we noted last month that the driver's door had a loose bolt that caused the door to move vertically when opened. We tightened it ourselves and there have been no further reports of problems. Ditto with the side skirt that was been knocked out of place, likely by an encounter with a pothole. The dealer was able to put it back in place - at no charge -- during the car's 25,000-mile maintenance.