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      Is the Advanced Package/Pilot Assist worth it?

      Hi all,

      I am looking at new and lightly used T5 AWD XC40's. It appears that adding the Advanced Package basically means you're buying a nearly fully loaded XC40.

      I'm wondering about this community's experience with Pilot Assist. Are you glad to have it? Could you live without it?

      Thanks.

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      Quote Originally Posted by jayy42 View Post
      Hi all,

      I am looking at new and lightly used T5 AWD XC40's. It appears that adding the Advanced Package basically means you're buying a nearly fully loaded XC40.

      I'm wondering about this community's experience with Pilot Assist. Are you glad to have it? Could you live without it?

      Thanks.
      There is more to advanced than the pilot assist that we like; have this pkg on both cars. Wouldn’t get another Volvo without it.
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      I could live without it only if I wouldn't drive long trips. For any trip longer than 2hours I definitely want it. So it is up to each individuals.

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      Personally, I could do without Pilot Assist. It feels awkward on curves and requires frequent, attentive hand movement to remain active.

      However, I will never buy another car without Adaptive Cruise Control and since Volvo bundles it with Pilot Assist, I guess I'm stuck with it.
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      Is the Advanced Package/Pilot Assist worth it?

      Quote Originally Posted by neovolvophyte View Post
      Personally, I could do without Pilot Assist. It feels awkward on curves and requires frequent, attentive hand movement to remain active.

      However, I will never buy another car without Adaptive Cruise Control and since Volvo bundles it with Pilot Assist, I guess I'm stuck with it.
      YMMV. I have never experienced a need for frequent hand movement with Pilot Assist activated over 4.5 years - just hands on the wheel. Shallow and medium curves are being handled better. Medium to steeper curves require more adjustment. All curves require attention.

      P.s., I would miss it on any open road trip that is more than 30 min.

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      I could live without it, however I'm pretty sure I'd miss it since I've had a taste of it. I only use it for long road trips and I do find it helpful.
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      We bought our Momentum with the Advanced Package because my bride wanted the 360 camera on her XC40. We have owned it for almost two years and have maybe used Pilot Assist a total of 30 minutes.

      If it wasn’t in the package we wouldn’t have bought it. Neither of us are cruise control people. The longest day we have driven in the XC40 was 16 hours and had no reason to use it.
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      Quote Originally Posted by GTIGuy View Post
      We bought our Momentum with the Advanced Package because my bride wanted the 360 camera on her XC40. We have owned it for almost two years and have maybe used Pilot Assist a total of 30 minutes.

      If it wasn’t in the package we wouldn’t have bought it. Neither of us are cruise control people. The longest day we have driven in the XC40 was 16 hours and had no reason to use it.
      I think I might break it out during a 16-hour trip! I'm not a cruise control guy; but two previous Volvos had the adaptive CC and I would use it when traveling between Dallas and Atlanta...I-20 is mind-numbing along much of that stretch!!

      I may be taking the new XC40 to Highlands, NC from Austin, TX in a week or two...I will likely use it for some of that 1100-mile trip(each way). I'm tempted to try to make it north of Atlanta from Austin in one swoop...it's over 900 miles and I haven't done that in one leg since I did it in my new 1980 Volvo 242GT !!!
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      If you drive a lot, especially highways, it really adds value, at least if these are not too crowed and you want to drive faster than most of the others .

      I also use it a lot during traffic jams: stops automatically, starts again if you touch the gas pedal.

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      I do enjoy using PA2 a lot and wouldn't considerer any new car that doesn't have at least some degree of lane keeping assist.

      Since last update, I have the feeling it is less suicidal in curves and the steering wheel vibrates slightly when it disengages.

      It can take sometime to trust the vehicle to take decisions on its own but as long as you are ready to take over instantly, it should be less stressful.

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      While I get plenty of customers who don't opt for it... I would never put my hard earned money down on a Volvo without it. I use it daily. I use it on back roads and highways. I'm very much a lover of driving, but most of my commute is not a pleasure.

      Once you have it checked, you are in the same basic price for R design or Inscription price point... both are in very limited supply... Honestly, just order the one you want... heck sign up for OSD and take the trip after things get better but they'll direct ship the car to you ahead of time.
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      Quote Originally Posted by neovolvophyte View Post
      Personally, I could do without Pilot Assist. It feels awkward on curves and requires frequent, attentive hand movement to remain active.

      However, I will never buy another car without Adaptive Cruise Control and since Volvo bundles it with Pilot Assist, I guess I'm stuck with it.

      This is how I feel as well.

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      I agree with others. The adaptive cruise control is a must have for me.
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      I use it every drive too. HUD is pretty good too. The lane and turn indicators on the HUD with Sensus navigation have prevented me many of wrong turns lately.
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      We have only had 2020 Inscription for 9 weeks. No trips with virus problem. However I have used pilot assist active cruise around town on interstates and I think it is great. Just rest both hands at the bottom of wheel so that the computer can "feel" that you are still awake. It makes lots of abrupt micro corrections instead of a more human softer bigger correction. Does a great job! However I have not gotten accustomed to park assist yet! Only tried it in parking lot right angles so far. Seems like it always does a "two cut" reverse-forward-reverse method only to the right side and that takes too long. Swinging out and going forward into a parking space on either right or left is more natural. Also it gets too close to adjacent car if they are parked close to the line. As humans we correct for the other guy's mistakes! Maybe good for parallel parking which we almost never do.
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