Fireball drives the VOLVO V60 T5 DRIVE-E WAGON for a week…

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Volvos have always been unusual for me. Interesting cars with unique choices in how they handled design. They are safe, yet their concepts are vision forward. So when a Volvo shows up at The Fireball Pad, I look forward to seeing how they resolved design elements to create a complete package.

The V60 Wagon first off is a solid car. Drives well and is seriously comfortable. But it’s clear that the exterior design team is more forward thinking than the interior. The interior, again… is safe. Simple and to the point, but not inspired as much as the exterior. And I, being a designer like to be “inside” an inspired interior. I spend more time there than looking at the outside.

And although silver can be slick, it doesn’t play as well on this car as reflective details are subdued. But, the car as a whole is right on. Not everyone needs a Disco Ball inside like me to get them excited, so if you like Swedish or Danish furniture, you’re gonna like this car. Boom.

Word of warning… Don’t get the roof rack. It makes a horrible “whistle” that changes octaves every 15mph above 50. A constant whistle that will drive you nuts.

All in all, this Volvo with its 29mpg and $43K price tag will make you feel relaxed, safe and on the go. But the exterior design (at almost a Shooting Brake proportion) is really well executed. And always remember what the Swedes say… “Herny Fergy Shnergy!”

http://www.volvocars.com/us

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