Three Volvos Top The Comfort Polls In Auto Express Driver Power 2005 Survey

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The Volvo S60 saloon has been voted number one for comfort in the ‘Driver Power 2005 Survey’ in this week’s Auto Express magazine, closely followed by the S80 saloon and V70 estate in third and fourth positions, respectively.

Describing the S60's winning comfort, Auto Express said: "No matter how good the handling is, if a car is uncomfortable to sit in, it won't be fun to drive." It continued: "Getting to the end of a long journey with an aching back or stiff legs is enough to ruin any trip. A well cushioned chair with plenty of adjustment is the key, but it's amazing how many auto makers still leave drivers with a pain in the neck."

Volvo seats aren’t just ergonomically designed for maximum comfort, but offer the best safety protection, too. They all feature Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), where the entire backrest moves to help protect the occupant’s neck by absorbing the forces experienced in a rear impact. Volvo was the only car company to have all its seats rated in the best class by The International Insurance Whiplash Prevention Group in its ‘2005 Dynamic Seat Assessments’, and in addition, Volvo Cars’ own real life Accident Research Team shows that WHIPS has halved the risk of long-term neck injuries in rear-end impacts.

"A well-positioned, comfortable seat is a necessity to avoid back or neck pain, and undue tiredness," said Ingrid Skogsmo from the Volvo Safety Centre. "Volvo seats are designed using a combination of technology and ergonomics to give drivers optimum comfort, positioning and safety," she continued.

'New-Generation' front seats were introduced for most 2005 Volvo models with improved seat adjustability, while new lighter and slimmer controls make it quicker and easier for drivers to position the seat for their personal comfort.

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Published : 09/04/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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