If we were to take into account just the rather unusual toys we could find in the XC70, this would be a very short list. As a matter of fact, it wouldn't even be a list, since the only “special” gadget we could find was the collision alert system. It works by using the cruise control's radar sensors to detect if a frontal impact is impeding, therefore pre-activating the brakes, projecting a stream of red lights on the windshield and making a really annoying sound. Unlike other somewhat similar systems, this one doesn't make the car brake itself and it's just a friendly “Oh my God we're going to crash!” reminder. For example, it reminded us to really shut it off everytime it went “Beeep!” and colored the windshield in red.
The rest of the gadgets list comprises of really boring but helpful devices, and just like the collision system, most of them are also connected with safety, in one way or another. For example, the rear bench has integrated child-seats that fold out and headphone ports for your head-banging two-year old. On the other hand, the integrated Bluetooth system and the push-button-to-magically-close rear hatch are not exactly out of this world, since you can find them on numerous other models.
The sunroof was pretty much disappointing since it's not exactly making the car look like a Targa (it's too small, e.d.) , nor does it provide draft-free motoring when open. The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is intelligent enough to have a “follow that car” function. After setting the maximum speed and the minimum distance to the car in front it can casually follow it until the end of time, road or fuel. Of course, if the guy in front decides to brake like a madman while on the highway, the XC70 will just pre-activate the brakes and wake you from the dead, just so you press the brakes and don't crash. Continue reading