2010 Volvo XC60: Soft Pedal But Good Brakes
December 24, 2009
When we tested our long-term 2010 Volvo XC60 at our test track (full test numbers will hit this blog next week) it stopped from 60 mph in just 119 ft. Which is excellent. And its four-wheel disc brakes resist heat well and don't fade after repeated hard use.
While the 119 ft. stop was on the first try and the second run was longer at 123 ft., the third and fourth runs were both 124 ft. long, with is still quite respectable.
The problem is the spongy, soft feel of the Volvo's brake pedal. Feels like you're pushing the pedal into a vat of marshmellows and the first inch or so of pedal travel doesn't really do much.
I hate that. And it's a very big scare on an otherwise dynamically competent and likable vehicle.
Maybe the Chinese can fix it.
Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 9,072 miles