I thought I would interrupt the complaints here to point out something that delighted me.
I'm not a heated seat guy. I like them for about 3 min on a cold day to take the sting out of cold leather and then I turn it off. Nothing worse than a sweaty back and rear lol. Unlike my wife who drives around with the heated seat on all winter. I'm about the same on the heated wheel, it's nice with the auto-start but who needs it after that.
But the Volvo, I've noticed the heated seat and wheel seem to work different. Now most other cars, you turn on the heated seat and even on low, it keeps heating up, until you can't stand it anymore LOL. I know many heated seats work this way, because I have looked at many wiring diagrams, the different levels are typically different wiring paths that alter the resistance across the heating wire grid in the seats. But the Volvo heating seems to work a little different, timer based or perhaps even thermostatic. Which is pretty damn cool, because you can turn it on for a while and just leave it on. It doesn't get too hot on low. I have set the auto seat and wheel heat to turn on to low, when it's cold. And I leave it on most of the time. The seat and the wheel don't get too hot, they cycle on and off from what I can tell. It's like magic! Those swedes know how to make cold weather equipment lol.
It's one of those things you could only figure out after you already own the car. Anyone else found some delightful detail about your Volvo?