As technology becomes more accessible for everyone, new smartphone apps—like Volvo On Call—let us connect even closer with our vehicles. Although the app is free for the first six months, users have to pay $250 for an additional 18 months. I tried it out for a few months in my 2019 Volvo S60. Here are a few things I like and dislike.
Even when you’re thousands of miles away from your Volvo, you can turn on the A/C or start the engine through the app. With Volvo On Call, you can set up to eight timers for temperature controls, so if you plan to leave your house every morning at 7 a.m., for example, your Volvo can be at your desired interior temperature every morning. I’ve found this feature to be pretty convenient, particularly during the hot summer months. Although you can’t set timers for remote start, you can start the engine remotely up to 15 minutes before you get in; this helps keep the cabin nice and cool (or warm) when you’re about to get going.