It used to be that our BMW 760Li was the Long-Term deal for trips, but that luscious bit of automotive luxury has been mustered out of our fleet and the Volvo S60 has become our (moderately) large luxury car. No problem at all; in fact, it's a lot easier finding a sufficiently wide space for hassle-free parking.
Before the Volvo could continue its tripping, it required a 15,000-mile service. Part of an Outstanding Volvo Service Program, this work valued at $415 comes free of charge. It includes what's become de rigueur these days: oil and filter change, replacement of other filters, a check of brake rotors and tires and a VIP wash job. Our Service Advisor even sends a follow-up thank you.
Not long after this 15K service, the S60 conveyed Engineering Editor Dennis Simanaitis and wife Dottie for a week up the coast and back to a San Jose technical conference as well as other business and family matters in the Bay area. Their route for this was largely California Route 101, much of it freeway never far out of view of gentle hillsides and the occasional Pacific Ocean. It's much preferred to Interstate 5, a quicker trip but by contrast utterly numbing in its lack of California Live Oaks.
About the only inconvenience reported was a recurring complaint with the S60's multifunction controls: Volvo packs a lot of options into those center console buttons. So much so, that it's necessary to back out of one function completely to access any aspect of another. If you have navigation active, for instance, there's a goodly amount of button pushing merely to change a radio station.
On a more positive note, the turbo Volvo offered ample power, exemplary comfort and tidy size. In fact, its trunk swallowed two roller cases—one giant, the other merely largish—with spaces, nooks and crannies left over for hanging bags and the like. It wasn't until the trip home that bookshop visits (and takeout from a favorite deli) brought the rear seat into play.
Speaking of play, we can report that twisties along California Route 1 profited from the S60's Sport setting.