2021 Volvo S60 car that I got to drive came with a set of keys. One was black
in colour, one was orange in colour, one was a slim looking fob which is a
button-less key and then there was a separate metal key too. I shall be
explaining the different keys and the roles they play, apart from the fact that
these keys lock and unlock the car doors and let you start the engine and drive
I go any further let me tell you that the Orange key is the Care Key, allowing
any Volvo car buyer to set a speed limit for themselves, their family members
or friends. The Care Key comes standard on all Volvo cars from model year 2021.
do keep in mind that Volvo Cars has limited the top speed on all its cars to
180 kmph from 2020, in order to send a strong signal about the dangers of
speeding. Well, that is a very wise to do and so unlike car makers who boast of
setting speeds of 200 to 300 kmph and endangering the lives of people in the
car as well as those on the street. Good job, Volvo Cars.
KEY NO. 1: The normal black remote key
let’s start with the black key fob. It’s the main remote key for the car. The
key fob has tiny buttons for locking and unlocking the car and one button for
opening the boot lid. Flip the car fob
and you get to see on the other slim side a button meant for panic function.
The company claims that this function is used to attract attention in an
emergency. Press and hold the button for at least 3 seconds or press it twice
within 3 seconds to activate the direction indicators and the horn. The function
can be turned off with the same button once it has been active for at least 5
seconds. Otherwise the function switches off automatically after 3 minutes.
you press the lock button, the remote key locks the doors, boot lid and fuel
filler flap and also arms the alarm. But if you were to press and hold the lock
button, you are able to close all of the windows and the panorama roof
the unlock button, means you unlock the doors, boot lid and fuel filler flap
and also deactivates the alarm. A longer press of this unlock button opens all
windows simultaneously. This total airing function can be used, for example, to
quickly air the car in hot weather. Very convenient, is it not?
boot lid button unlocks and disarms the alarm for the boot lid only. The boot
lid is opened mechanically, by spring pressure, using a long press.
the black and orange keys also have a metal L-shaped key inside the fob. A tiny
switch on top needs to be pushed and the top cover with the Volvo logo slides
up a bit. Now the cover of the key fob can be flipped open and inside you will
notice the metal key or key blade. This key blade comes handy when the battery
of this remote key is dead. The remote function stops working and the only way
to unlock or lock the car is with the help of this key blade.
is here that there is an anomaly of sorts with the Volvo S60 available in
India. This key has only one slot and that too on the left front door. This is
because cars in most of the international markets are left hand driven and
hence the company fixed the only key slot on the left side door handle. The
other doors have no slots or lock cylinders
let me tell you how to open the left-side front door. You need to pull out the
door handle to its end position so that the lock cylinder becomes visible.
Insert the key in the lock cylinder. Turn clockwise 45 degrees so that the key
blade is pointing straight back. Turn the key back 45 degrees to its starting
position. Remove the key from the lock cylinder and release the handle so that
the rear section of the handle is resting against the car again. Now you need
to pull out the handle and the door opens. Locking will be performed in the
same way, but with an anticlockwise turn 45 degrees instead of clockwise while
opening the door. We did struggle a bit
opening and closing the doors but after several attempts, we did manage to get
it right. Please keep in mind, the key blade is only used when the remote key
battery dies out and there is no help around for you to lock or unlock the
happens when you manage to open the front left side door with the help of a key
blade? Obviously the car alarm sets off. You have to immediately put the remote key in the bottom of the cup holder in
the tunnel console where there is slot market for it. The car recognises its
own key and stops screaming. The alarm is switched off. But what if it doesn’t?
Then you have to immediately start the car and for that you will have to unlock
the driver side door and rush in from the other side to start the car. This is
because the key blade slot is only available on the left side. That is anomaly
number one. It should have been on the right.
WHAT IF THE CAR BATTERY DIES OUT? THE
BATTERY IS IN THE BOOT, DID YOU KNOW?
this scenario too the remote stops functioning. So how do you unlock the door?
It’s done with the key blade but once you open it, you realise the car alarm
does not get triggered as the car battery is dead. In this case, you get inside
the car, tug at the bonnet lever and open the bonnet to access the battery.
It’s then you realise that the Volvo S60 battery is not in front; rather it is
placed in the boot area. But Volvo has done a very smart thing; it has the
battery terminals in front which can be used to start your car with the help of
an external battery and a pair of jumper cables. That’s smart thinking on the
part of Volvo Cars.
what happens when you do not have jumper cables but you have a new fully
charged battery to replace your dead battery? You have managed to open the door
and also opened your bonnet and you now need to open the boot lid. This is
where you confront anomaly Number two. The boot cannot be opened without the
main battery as it does not have a key. To activate the kick gesture or the
button or even through the remote key, the car battery needs to be charged. So
how does get into the boot area to access the car battery? That can only be
done through the rear seat space area where there is a square shaped window
with a plastic cover which you get to see when you pull down the rear arm rest.
Unfortunately this plastic cover can only be opened from inside the boot area. That
is a catch 22 situation. But a situation like this warrants the services of a
competent mechanic who can pry open this secret door and put his arm inside to unlatch
the rear seat back rest and create space for someone to manually replace the
dead battery. It’s extremely cumbersome and it’s a lot wiser and safer to start
the car with a jumper cable and open the boot lid through the remote mechanism.
But a lot of these problems regarding the boot area could have been solved if
there was a slot for the key blade on the boot lid, like the one on the left
side car door in front.
KEY NO.2: The metal key
lone metal key in the bunch has just got one simple job. It locks and unlocks
the glove box in the car. Ideally this key can be bunched together with your
remote key or kept separately in your wallet or purse.
KEY NO.3: The Key Tag without buttons
key tag provided with the keyless locking and unlocking function works in the
same way as the standard remote control key as regards keyless starting and
locking and unlocking. The key is waterproof to a depth of approx. 10 metres or
30 feet for up to 60 minutes. It has no detachable key blade and the battery
cannot be replaced. Thus this is the key which you can take when you go to the
beach or for your swimming. The key tag remains with you in your swimming trunk
and does not get damaged.
REMOTE KEY AND DRIVER PROFILE
back to the black remote key with buttons, the first time the remote control
key is used, it is not linked to any specific driver profile. When the car is
started, the Guest profile will automatically be activated. A driver profile can be selected manually
without linking it to the key. When the car is unlocked, the last active driver
profile is activated. Once the key has been linked to a driver profile, a
driver profile does not need to be selected when that specific key is used. Connecting
a remote control key to a driver profile is only possible when the car is
KEY NO. 4: The orange coloured Care Key
this is the key similar to the normal black key, as mentioned earlier. The Care
Key, according to the company, allows Volvo drivers to set limitations on the
car’s top speed, before lending their car to other family members or to younger
and inexperienced drivers such as teenagers that only just received their
drivers’ license. You can also hand over this care key to your mechanic when he
takes it out for servicing or even to your driver.
To set the speed limit for this key, one has
to go to the main menu of the touch screen and press the Settings function. The
screen gives you the option of Driver Profile and within that you get to set
the speed limit. It can be anywhere between 50kmph to the maximum 180kmph. If
you were to set the speed limit at 50 kmph, then no matter how much the driver
accelerates, the vehicle speed does not go beyond the 50 odd kmph speed limit.
that you have understood the functions of the various keys, keep them safe and
use them according to their well defined roles.
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