and this is why, in part, we purchase a Volvo.........Yeah, she was pretty impressed. She was hit less hard from behind on our Scion tC once and still has neck issues from it. With the XC-90, she said she was surprised when she realized the car had actually hit her.
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+1When your XC gets repaired make sure they check and/or repair the WHIPS system. It will most certainly have been "triggered" and possibly protected your wife from neck injuries.
If you don't know what I'm talking about: see page #59 in your owners manual. WHIPS is a mechanical system and absorbs energy by deforming a special part in the hinge assembly.
The extra 2000lbs of vehicle probably didn't hurt either.Pretty sure one of the safety features in the vehicle is when a rear, err, re end ( ) accident is sensed by the vehicle it applies brake pressure, tenses seatbelts and flashes hazards. Or something along those lines. Could be a small part of why she sensed less of a hit as well as not getting jolted as much.