Although our test car wasn't fitted with the optional Four-C damper control system, we didn't actually miss it that much. As expected, the level of suspension comfort with the regular setup is by far one of the best in its class. Of course, this was actually typical Volvo fashion, though we were at first a bit mislead by the 18-inch wheels with low-profile tires.
Despite the 235/40 R18 tires and lack of a pneumatic or damper-controlled suspension, our test car simply glided over speed bumps and small potholes. We're not saying it's like a magic carpet when driving, but the feeling isn't far from the one we experienced in the Mercedes-Benz C 200 CGI, which we reckoned was the segment winner in this department.
The leather-engulfed seats were also a good provider of comfort for its passengers, despite not exactly lacking in the side bolster support area. Even though we tested the car during very hot temperatures, the twin-zone automatic climate control worked just fine, especially since it's also equipped with a pollen filter and a recirculation function that kicks in automatically whenever it senses the outside air is not exactly good for breathing.
The overall interior space is above average, with the exception of headroom for the rear seats, but that's not exactly a huge problem per se. Another pretty cool comfort feature is represented by the overall interior ambiance, which gives passengers a very warm and cozy feeling, despite the black leather upholstery. Continue reading