Just Say "No" To Adaptive Cruise - 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD: Just Say "No" To Adaptive Cruise

February 22, 2010

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Our longterm 2010 Volvo XC60's optional adaptive cruise control is far too conservative. And this makes it frustrating.

Even at the minimum of the five folllowing distance/times from which it allows you to select, the system leaves too much of a space cushion. This means the system is constantly chicken-little-ing, hauling the speed down WAY before it's really necessary, which forces unusually early lane changes and/or allows other drivers to change lanes in front of you... which triggers further chicken little action, and so on.

As a result of this behavior I found myself cancelling the system when I spotted another car in my lane way up ahead. A few instances of this and I just gave up on cruise control entirely.

But here's what I view as the biggest shortcoming of the Volvo's optional adaptive cruise -- there is no way to simply revert to conventional "dumb" cruise control. Now that's dumb.

I should note that my esteemed colleague Brent Romans rather liked the system. Also, I'm not saying that all adaptive cruise control systems are worthless. Mercedes-Benz' system, for instance, is quite effective at not being flummoxed by moderate (or even heavy) freeway traffic.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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