The Volvo XC90 was recently presented with Stuff magazine’s 2015 Gadget of the Year award, winning in the Car of the Year category. The Swedish crossover beat out the likes of the Audi RS3, Ariel Nomad, Range Rover Sport SVR, Toyota Mirai, Volkswagen Golf R, and Tesla Model S P85D.
UK’s ever-popular gadget magazine, Stuff, annually acknowledges incredible products from all industries, including toys and games, mobile devices, cameras, and they also recognize automotive sector when it comes to technology. Other car winners include the Telsa Model X winning in the Design of the Year category, which was voted in by Stuff’s readers.
The XC90 snagged the best car award, due to its tremendous technology features, which includes a broad array of high-level driving aids. Tom Parsons, website deputy editor for Stuff states the XC90 is a stylish, safe car, that is a dream to drive.
Stuff really liked the XC90’s power mixed in with its efficient gasoline/electric powertrain, the nine-inch tablet-style touchscreen which controls the standard infotainment system (and offers a pinch, zoom, and swipe feature), as well as the range of web apps available through internet connectivity (Tuneln, Stitcher, and Rdio are some). The XC90 also offers voice control and other convenience and entertainment features. Some other neat gadgets within the vehicle include: a hands-free feature for the hatchgate, where a simple wave of the foot can help out someone who has their hands full, but still needs the hatch open (or closed); the Smartphone Volvo On Call app where the car can be located on a map, contact emergency services in the event of an accident, and where a driver can roll up windows, and lock doors, remotely, while gathering trip information outside the vehicle.
MSN reported there are some safety features that helped the Volvo win Car of the Year include automatic emergency braking, run-off road protection, and pedestrian and cyclist detection.