2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E Long-Term Update 3
I recently swapped long-term vehicles with Motor Trend’s photo asset editor, William Walker, putting me behind the wheel of the Volvo V60. Because I am usually assigned to an SUV or minivan (see my previous long-termers: Forester, JX, and Odyssey), I wanted to test out the photo-support capabilities of a wagon to see how much utility I could squeeze out of a lower profile, higher mpg car. So far, the Volvo has not disappointed me.
I had been in our long-term Jeep Cherokee for a few days as a support vehicle for a photo shoot, and the Jeep began acting up on the way home. Walker, driving the V60, met me in the morning at the Chrysler dealership so I could drop the Cherokee off for service. Suddenly I realized I had a photo shoot’s worth of gear left in the back of the Jeep, and it needed to be transferred to the Volvo. Much to our surprise, all the gear I had in the Cherokee fit into the back of the Volvo with the back seats folded down. With 43.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity, there wasn’t as much breathing room as there had been in the Jeep, but the V60 swallowed a case of 3-foot-by-3-foot bounce boards, a large case of lights, a bucket of cleaning gear, a rolling case of camera gear, and a backpack of accessories. Day one, and I was already shocked and amazed.
Driving around town has already been an adjustment. The Volvo has an auto start/stop function as a fuel-saving measure. It takes a little getting used to, as it’s a bit eager at times to turn the engine off. There have been times when I roll up to a stoplight and I haven’t even come to a complete stop before the engine turns off. This is annoying at the very least and inconvenient at worst. There are times when a California stop is all that’s necessary or when I’m going from drive to reverse back to drive while parallel parking, but the engine-off feature gets in the way of executing those maneuvers quickly. The feature can be turned off, but its default setting is on. I guess there are worse things to complain about.
More on our long-term 2015 Volvo V60 T5 E-Drive here: