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My thoughts on the 850's interior design  Topic is solved

Post by matthew1 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:46 pm

In 17 years of driving my 1997 850, not one day did I think "this is better in new cars" about any interior feature.

I can go on and on about the remarkable and awesome design of my 850. The interior never once felt poorly designed.

Good design lasts.

The controls were properly placed. The tactile feedback was great. Seating, steering wheel placement, pedal placement, controls well placed. Everything.

I like the center window switches. Yes, they get spills. But that's because the cupholder (hey! I found something I don't like!) is flimsy and poorly placed.

The interior is handsome also. It's tasteful and purposeful.
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Re: My thoughts on the 850's interior design

Post by crlande » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:51 am

I wish they had kept the window switch in same spot a few more years. After driving the 850 I tend to reach for the wrong spot with the wrong hand when I hop in the S70!



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Re: My thoughts on the 850's interior design

Post by Brahms » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:36 am

right on Matthew.
Whenever I have a chance to drive something other than an 850, and I have two of them, I always think, I miss my 850 interior. I just drove a S60 from the 2000's era, and I frankly could not stand it. There is a better sense of space in the 850, the physicality of the buttons-which can easily be used by touch without even looking, the sense of not being wrapped into cockpit the way every new car is being made - it's not an airplane after-all. The simple display is easily readable and intuitive, and the trip computer is the simplest little tool, stored with lots of info, easily accessed. The seats are excellent in these cars as well.



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Re: My thoughts on the 850's interior design

Post by matthew1 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:37 pm

Brahms wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:36 am
The simple display is easily readable and intuitive, and the trip computer is the simplest little tool, stored with lots of info, easily accessed. The seats are excellent in these cars as well.
Great points
crlande wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:51 am
I wish they had kept the window switch in same spot a few more years. After driving the 850 I tend to reach for the wrong spot with the wrong hand when I hop in the S70!
I do the same, still


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