This is my first post here.
I currently drive a bmw 328i and have a 2 year old daughter. I have become very concerned about road safety ever since I became a dad and was drawn towards Volvo as I started doing research on safe vehicles. I am glad that a company like Volvo exists who take safety seriously and not just as a checklist item to pass IIHS tests.
I am blown way by the results of small overlap test of XC90, it just glides through, all other brands seem to take the full impact and come to a halt or swerve sideways. I am planning on upgrading to a XC90 even though financially it is a stretch for me.
I wanted to know how safe the vehicle will be at free way speeds (65mph, I don't drive above limit), I am convinced this vehicle is perfectly safe at city speeds (35-45mph) as all crash test ratings [IIHS] ]are at these speeds.
Scenario 1: Running into stationary objects.
I guess there is no chance of survival even in a XC90 in a crash at 65mph into a stationary vehicle/pole, my only hope is that the automatic braking system will engage and will bring the XC90 to a complete stop in this scenario.
My question: Is my assumption correct? Will the XC90 come to a complete stop when it detects a stationary vehicle at >65mph speed? Can it also detect a pole/tree whose width is much less than a typical vehicle and auto-brake? What about the scenario where the collision is not head-on but is diagonal, will the car detect and apply brake?
In this scenario, I guess the Boron steel doesn't have much advantage, will XC90 be same as any other car with crash-avoidance tech?
In the flip case of XC90 being stationary and a vehicle traveling at >65mph and ramming in to XC90, I guess there is no chance of survival regardless of Boron steel and crash-avoidance systems.
Scenario 2: Running into moving car.
Traveling at 65mph and hitting something going at 40-60mph. Again the crash avoidance system should kick-in in frontal crash scenario. In the scenario of a side-ways or rear collision, I am assuming the Boron cage of XC90 will provide better protection than other cars.
Scenario 3: Adaptive Cruise Control vs collision-avoidance tech
Does the Adaptive cruise feature enhance safety either in city or freeway? I believe the collision-avoidance tech should kick-in when the driver loses attention and fails to apply brake when the vehicle in front slows down suddenly or when a vehicle cuts into the lane, Am I missing anything here?
At what speed does Volvo test in their Safety Center?
Do they test at the same 35-45mph as IIHS or do they try to replicate freeway conditions? Is there any data on the max speed the XC90 can withstand before inflicting serious injuries to occupants.