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The Volvo XC60 (2021) Has An Awesome Digital Dashboard Compass — But Only Visible When In Off-Road Mode!

by Anura Guruge


The $1,700 ‘Premium’ option package that provides a rearview mirror compass.

This is one of the STUPIDEST product positioning decisions I have ever encountered. IF the compass feature is there, & available, AUTOMATICALLY, in OFF-ROAD mode, why can’t it be displayed in other drive modes?

This compass is 10x better than the small ‘heading only’ compass, in the rearview mirror, available with the $1,700 ‘Premium’ option package. And here is the BIGGEST irony, EVEN if you get that package, the much better in-dash digital compass is ONLY available in OFF-ROAD mode.

STUPID. STUPID. STUPID.

Got me thinking. I like Swedes. What is not there to like about them? They are invariably good-looking (if not always blonde), congenial & generous with the booze. But, are they smart? Yes, they invented dynamite. Hhhhmmm. I will have to think about this.

This is NOT smart on the part of Volvo. Very stupid really.

It gets better (or is it worse). You, as the driver, CANNOT select Off-Road mode. On a standard XC60 (2021) there are only 3 displayed — & selectable — drive modes, viz., ECO, COMFORT (the default) & DYNAMIC.

The XC60’s computer, automatically & on-the-fly, determines whether you are off-road. It does NOT switch automatically to off-road. It is DISPLAYED if you happen to look. I guess it detects off-road by how much each tire is slipping relative to the others.

Off-road basically means very-low gearing. The XC60 grinds along & engine braking is automatically applied when going down a grade. Kind of cool.

But, the compass!

Oh, Volvo!


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by Anura Guruge