For this installment, we were done with the move (like finally!) and since we were too tired to drive it out far ( I was aiming for Melaka or Ipoh actually), we thought we would reward ourselves with a trip to the famed Semenyih Fish Valley Restaurant at Sri Haneco Industrial Park, Jalan Kachau.
Anyhow, the Volvo V60 comes with a Garmin navigational system so it’s time to make full use of it.
Since it’s going to be a long drive, we got our phones set up on bluetooth for some entertainment. The radio stations works as normal, with us having to adjust the frequency and saving it into the V60 system.
The cute “fin” you see below is the antenna, something jakun people like me got all wide-eyed. 😉
The centre console.
This is how it looks like from the side and my automotive friends told me it’s called the “floating panel”. Learnt something new eh? 🙂
It has a lot of buttons, I know. But they are simple to use!
The keypad is for making calls.
All you have to do is sync your mobile (must be a smartphone la) via bluetooth to the V60’s system and you can call and access the music files from your phone. But of course, a thumbdrive or ipod works just as well.
Dialing for me! 🙂
So how do you communicate?
Via the system of course! You do not have to hold the phones to your ears (else that would have been defeated the purpose of this in the first place). Reception was loud and clear, and yes, the whole car listens to your conversation.
Tada! Sappy love songs playing :rolleye:
Where’s my “Move Like a Jagger”??
Anyways, the sound system is pretty incredible. We turned our V60 into a mini “Zouk”, upping the bass and whatnots and zipped on the highway for fresh steamed fish. Yay!
We shall not reveal the speed but the ride was smooth and COMFORTABLE as expected. Look at those seats…. mmmmm… zzzzzz….
The Volvo V60 has this tiptronic gear system. Yes yes, I know some of you who are not automotive savvy are googling it now. Heck, I’m learning too!
The Volvo V60 is auto, or can be manual (tiptronic – you can drive in manual mode if you shift the gear knob to the left). How many gears? Ermmm.. let me get back to you on that!
And here’s the usual convenience features.
Little compartments here and there for knick-knacks; ie a coffee tumbler, milk bottles for the baby, an open bottle of Johnny Walker for those who live life on the fast lane ….
Note: There are little “smart” features that are not very obvious but thoughtful; like the lights (see below) in the cup holder. It does help especially at night, no fumbling around and risk spilling your drink!
More connections: Auxiliary audio input. USB.
Ok, that’s it. Enough about the insides.
Here’s the drive. The V60 T4′s fuel consumption for combined driving of city & highways is 7.4 litres per 100km. Depending on your budget (which by the way if you’re an owner of a Volvo you shouldn’t be whining like us mere mortals about fuel cost) this should still be considered “reasonable”.
And some safety features of which Volvo are famous for needs to be highlighted.
Let’s start with this cool one called “BLIS”, which gives you bliss in driving..ermmmm..ok, lame joke. ;p
BLIS: Blind Spot Information System. On both left and right mirrors.
The light goes RED as warning if there are any cars in your blind spot. Very very handy!
I love it as I had many near misses because of the blind spot many times!
Other safety features are the Child Safety (common feature) but I was amazed with the brilliant ones like the supportive technologies to help avoid collisions where the car brakes automatically – Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake & Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake. I didn’t get to test those out as I was way too busy shifting & packing my stuffs! 🙁
Anyhow, I watched this video on youtube that pretty much explains it. Driven by a hot
irresponsible lady too! ;p
The Semenyih Fish Valley Restaurant at Sri Haneco Industrial Park is famed for its seafood. If it wasn’t for the Volvo V60, I wouldn’t have driven so far out for seafood.
Heck, there’s so many seafood restaurants around and driving 40kms just because the prices are marginally cheaper? I wonder if these people ever thought of the cost of fuel!
Amazing relevation – the old aunties waitresses here takes orders using iPads! Their interactive menu comes complete with pictures and prices.
My friend bought his own fish, so we only paid the “cooking fee”. It’s cool that they allowed that else our bill would have come up to a much higher amount as fish are usually expensive, even if it’s of the freshwater variety.
Credit to be given where’s it’s due, the food here was actually good!
Our dishes weren’t too oily or overly seasoned. Vegetables retained their crunch, chicken meat were tender, curries were fresh and flavoursome and our fish were cooked to the perfect degree of doneness. Not bad at all!
All the above for RM140.00. There were 7 of us so it amounted up to RM20.00/pax. Not bad eh? 🙂
The drive home was past some trunk roads, in parts barely lit and bumpy.
The V60 handled it in ease, as expected. And here’s where I suddenly had newfound appreciation of the powerful lights of the V60.
POINTS covered in this post for the V60:
Comfort level on long drives
Ease of driving: Manuevering and control
Safety features: BLIS (Blind Spot Control), Pedestrian Detection & Auto Brake
Acceleration – torque and power