Volvo V60 Outbrakes Rivals in ADAC Test
"ADAC has systematically gone through collision situations that are the most important in real traffic, for both warning functions and emergency braking. ADAC has also tested difficult situations where the systems are not supposed to give warning and then weighed that in with the total results,'' said Jonas Ekmark, Active Safety, Volvo Car Corporation.
The Volvo V60 is equipped with City Safety (standard) and the optional Collision Warning with full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection, though tests did not include pedestrian assessments. Emergency braking systems from Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS, BMW 530, VW Passat, Infiniti M37 were tested and clear differences in reaction ability were established. "Had a pedestrian collision test been part of this assessment, the Volvo V60 would have won with even greater margin," says Jonas Ekmark.
“The tests selected by ADAC are similar to those we ourselves identified as the most important during system development. So the strengths of our V60 come through very well in the result," Mr Ekmark said.
The ADAC test highlighted the fact that Volvo's system for emergency braking reduces the speed and thereby collision energy in a crash where the driver fails to react – therefore reducing collision impact by far.
The TCS auto club from Switzerland also tested the same models, with the Volvo also earning the top grade there. Similar systems to those found on the V60 have been tested by ADAC last year on the XC60, and the model won a comparative test for speed and distance systems.