I created the poll to be as simple as possible. Either you have an opinion (yes/no) or not about the split tailgate. I hope you do vote as my purpose was to gauge the interest in the split tailgate.I personally don't like polls like this that leave a way out via "no opinion". I have not voted because while I'm disappointed that it no longer has a split tailgate, it's more than made up for because now it's power. Of course, is the power tailgate going to be standard? If not, then that sucks. I'd rather have a standard manual split tailgate than a manual single tailgate.
If it was me, I'd of set the poll up to force people to pick what they want, and no way out via no opinion.
What's more important, the power option, or the split option?
Personally, I prefer power over non-power and then I prefer split over non-split. So my choices in order of preference would be
1) Power Split
2) Power Single
3) Manual Split
4) Manual Single
BMW has upper half powered.............I'm sure this is from a cost stand point.....either Volvo was going to offer a split tail gate or a power one.....at this price point you were not going to get both features together. I'm sure Volvo did a little research and having a power gate that opens by waving your foot had a much larger appeal, so they went with that option. Yes, Volvo could have engineered both...like a Range Rover. However if you don't want your Volvo to cost $100,000 like a Range Rover, expensive engineering projects like this aren't going to happen. As far as reduced clearance, the power gate can be programed to stop at a height you choose, basically achieving about the same thing. No other competitor for the XC90 has a split power
tail gate either....because of the price to design/manufacture I am sure.
Technically, even a single tailgate with the grocery holder solves that issue of stuff not rolling around since everything is still sandwiched between the grocery holder and the single tailgate. The advantage of the split tailgate is that nothing falls out when you open it.I created the poll to be as simple as possible. Either you have an opinion (yes/no) or not about the split tailgate. I hope you do vote as my purpose was to gauge the interest in the split tailgate.
I am also a huge fan of the split, I think it's pure practical genius in engineering. I do concede that it makes it a tad more difficult to reach deep into the trunk area, but it is a minor negative compared to all the positives, already mentioned in the above posts. One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that together with the grocery holder, I can sandwich my grocery bags etc between the lower portion of the tailgate and the grocery holder preventing stuff from rolling around in the trunk. Just love it!
Because I find the split tailgate so enormously practical, I have a hard time understanding why Volvo got rid of it in the new XC90. Maybe they did extensive market research, or maybe not. Maybe it was cost driven. I wished they would have asked current XC90 owners about their opinion. Thanks for voting!
To be fair, the poll asked whether the members were "disappointed" with the lack of split tailgate - not which they would prefer. One could be not disappointed with the one-piece tailgate but still prefer the split tailgate. If the poll asked which the forum members preferred, the results could have been different.Here we go again, over analysis of Volvo and every feature in their cars as a whole..... To those who say "I wish Volvo would have asked us!", while they may not have asked YOU personally, the poll speaks for itself. It would appear that those disappointed by lack of split tailgate are in the minority, and it's more likely than not that when conducting market research the results were more or less the same.
As I type this, the yes and no votes are dead even 15 each...To those who say "I wish Volvo would have asked us!", while they may not have asked YOU personally, the poll speaks for itself. It would appear that those disappointed by lack of split tailgate are in the minority, and it's more likely than not that when conducting market research the results were more or less the same.
This continues to puzzle me, since you don't have to lower the bottom part of the tail gate, at all, to remove items in the back...See you can open the TOP half, and then reach OVER that lower half and right into the back of the SUV.....(I can see how this would be problematic for a short person, however.)We eliminated the first gen XC90 10 years ago when we first drove it and the split tailgate was a big reason why. At the time we were having our first kid, and the thought of having to reach further into the back for luggage, stroller, etc was a turnoff for my wife.
I don't understand why you say you couldn't use the trunk as a bench. I did that all the time in my old V70 I had and it works fine. You just sit on the bumper, easy as pie.Did you not realize that you don't have to lower the bottom part of the tail gate??? See you can open the TOP half, and then reach OVER that lower half and right into the back of the SUV.....(I can see how this would be problematic for a short person, however.)
But if someone is too short for this, then maybe they shouldn't be driving an SUV. If you can't reach over the closed lower tailgate, then you likely can't see over the steering wheel. Get yourself a Civic.
I always laugh at the people who complain that it makes it too hard to reach into the back of vehicle, since it puts you too far away. Some people are apparently not that bright....(or are short, like most women, which is fine, of course, and understandable why they might not like the split gate)
There are about a million benefits to the split tailgate. And there are NO downsides, except for people who are challenged in the logic (or height) department.
We still have our XC90 with the "useless" split tailgate. Just had a nice picnic by pulling to the side of a lovely highway, opened both the top and bottom of the gate, and sat on the bottom gate and enjoyed my sandwich. Can't do that with a "normal" SUV.
And you can even have such a picnic when it's raining!!
And not to make too fine a point about kf93's weak sauce, side opening tailgates are the ONLY tailgates that work for really short people. I have friends who can not reach a normal tailgate when it's in the open position. So there is a pretty big advantage to side tailgates for SOME people. (I hate them, as well, but I am tall so...)
(Of course, power tailgates are perfect for shorter folks.)
so kf93 is wrong about side tailgates and wrong about split tailgates.
And yet his/her vote counts the same as the vote of someone who has some idea of how the world works.
Friggin democracy is a waste of time.
they are wrong because they are wrong, just as you are wrongI don't understand why you say you couldn't use the trunk as a bench. I did that all the time in my old V70 I had and it works fine. You just sit on the bumper, easy as pie.
I also do not understand why YOU don't understand that getting a heavy bag or something out of the back is harder with a split trail gate. If it's up then it creates a lip that you would have to lift whatever you're getting out over. If it's down, you have to arch your back more to compensate for being further away due to the bottom portion. How does that not make sense in your mind?
You claim that someone is "wrong" for their opinion on the usefulness of a split tailgate, and rant on about how they don't know how the world works. The irony....