BRAK­ING BAD

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I’m at the end of a two week hol­i­day and en­joy­ing the op­por­tu­nity to catch up on some past is­sues of Wheels. I’d like to add to the com­ment made by Mark Small in the Septem­ber 2018 edi­tion re­gard­ing the brak­ing dis­tance mea­sure­ments be­ing an im­por­tant com­par­i­son be­tween ve­hi­cles. I drive an XC90 at home and have had a near-new Kluger as a rental car – more than once I have had a mild panic that the car was not go­ing to stop quickly enough in traf­fic, and I find the dif­fer­ence to be sur­pris­ing. Kevin Kennedy, East Brighton, Vic

Our mea­sured 100km/h-0 brake test does of­ten throw up some cu­ri­ous anom­alies, Kevin. But we’d also cau­tion that dif­fer­ing feel through the brake pedal can be mis­lead­ing in terms of what the ve­hi­cle can ac­tu­ally achieve in a full Abs-as­sisted stop. – Ed

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