Has anyone else noted that the A and B pillars on the S60 are quite thick and can cause a blind spot if the mirrors are not positioned properly. I really notice the difference when I go from my S70 to my wife's S60.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ascari:<BR><B>Has anyone else noted that the A and B pillars on the S60 are quite thick and can cause a blind spot if the mirrors are not positioned properly. I really notice the difference when I go from my S70 to my wife's S60.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>The A pillar is somewhat a bit of a "problem" (actually I am used to it by now); it is the same in the S60s, my car and any S80 I have driven. I guess we pay the penalty for the more slanted windshield, hence the less boxy and more aerodynamic look.<P>The B pillar is a bit thicker but not by much.<P>I don't think that the B pillar is a big deal whereas the A pillar takes some getting used to.<P>Yannis<P><P>
I must admit that the A-pillar <I>is</I> a bit big, and takes some getting used to, and I think the issue is more pronounced for shorter drivers than average-height ones. Why?<P>Well, a person who's 5'4" needs to have the seat pretty far forward for their feet to reach the pedals. If you look closely at the angles of the A-pillar, you'll notice that the farther forward you sit, the WIDER it gets. <P>I'm thinking they designed it for an average-height person's sight angles ("field of veiw", or whatever it's officially called), because I noticed that when I tried scooting rearward by a few inches, the cross-section changed. I noticed that there <B>was</B> a point at which the A-pillar didn't seem as wide, about midway along the fore-aft travel of the driver's seat. Oh, well...they can't please everybody, I suppose! <p>[This message has been edited by Lisa62 (edited 07-17-2002).]
I think the reason that they are thick is because since they are highly curvilinear in nature, they needed to beef them up to provide proper roll-over and off-set crash protection. Since the A-pillers are only used to anchor the curtain-airbags, it is most likely a structural safety issue.<P>-Drew
Good point, Drew. That's gotta be it. The windshield is very raked back, so to withstand roof-crush & rollover requirements, the A-pillars would HAVE to be thicker than on vehicles with relatively upright windshields. Either way, I got used to them being thick, and I don't notice it as much as I did when I first drove the S60.