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8 OPERATIONS group test

Vehicle focus

500-point test 9

Volvo FM-450 Globetrotter LXL

And so we come to poor old Volvo,
forever destined to be at the far end of any
alphabetical arrangement of current
European trucks.
It doesn’t have to be last in the rankings,
though, as the much lauded FH proves.
The FM is a slightly different kettle of
rollmop herrings, its last facelift not really
doing quite enough to hide the fact that its
underlying architecture is getting on a bit.
When we look at the cab, the Volvo is
not the best. There is not much storage
space, even with the optional rear lockers
in place of an upper bunk.
The bunk was considered too soft,
taking a scoring hit, although it was just
beaten by the Actros to the title of largest
mattress by the smallest margin, and it has
a useful secure box to hand.
While the FM’s dash is dark and
businesslike, as in the Actros, its bunk
area is similarly clearly separated from the
office with much brighter and relaxing blue
and beige trim.
Surprisingly, the driving did not impress.

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Surprising because the FM was fitted with
the Volvo Dynamic Steering System.
On the narrow roads in the small villages
that formed the dynamic test route, the
steering was something we had to get
used to, and you can never find a hamster
when you need one.
Another surprise, given that it is
perceived as a compact cab, the FM
demonstrated the worst cab lean.
Better news is that the test truck had the
controls for the I-Shift transmission on the

dashboard, freeing up a welcome amount
of space on the engine hump.
If you’re into cosy driving positions, the
FM’s wrap-around dash and half-metre
high central floor is just for you. Others
may find it a bit much, though.
However, the FM had to excel
somewhere and this is a Volvo after all. No
surprise here, then, to discover the clear
winner in the safety category.
As well as a near-perfect score for
dynamic safety, the FM is fitted with the
optional FMX mirrors that give a much
better direct view. These mirrors are also
cheaper to replace, an important issue in
the distribution sector.
The sum total of all these highs and lows
is that the Volvo only managed fourth
place, but let’s end this summary of it on a
positive note.
If you value a bit of Nordic tranquillity,
you’ll appreciate the fact the sound level in
the FM cab is the lowest of all five trucks,
not only at 85km/h but also at full throttle
uphill.

Vital statistics

Overall results


Available points

Cab
Service

Daily checks 5.00

Cab tilting 2.00

Cab tilt controls 1.00

Access to fuses and electronics 2.00

Subtotal 10.00
Access
Grille 2.50
Cab 5.00

Door handles and openings 3.00

External lockers 3.00

Access to catwalk 1.50

Subtotal 15.00
Standard specification
Equipment 20.00

Subtotal 20.00
Storage compartments
Capacity 15.00
Practicality 7.00

Storage near driver 4.00

External storage 7.00

Under-bunk storage available 1.00
Under-bunk storage size and access 2.00

Bottle and cup holders 2.00

Secure storage 2.00

Open storage 4.00

Ticket/card holders 1.00

Subtotal 45.00
Cab dimensions

Dimensions measured 20.00

Subtotal 20.00

In the cab

Interior layout 10.00
Overview of dashboard/switches 20.00

Steering wheel adjustment 10.00

Seat adjustment 10.00

Subtotal 50.00

Bunks

Size and position 8.00
Upholstery 5.00

Access to bunks 3.00

Switches and compartments 2.00

Liftable back rest 2.00

Subtotal 20.00

In-cab quality
Finish 10.00
Materials 10.00

Subtotal 20.00

Section total 200.0

DRIVING

Driving Comfort
Suspension 20.00

In-cab noise level (85km/h) 10.00
In-cab noise level (other situations) 5.00

Wind noise 5.00
Vibration 5.00

Subtotal 45.00

Daf

Iveco

M-B

5.00
1.00
1.00
2.00
9.00

5.00
2.00
1.00
1.50
9.50

5.00
2.00
0.50
1.00
8.50

5.00
2.00
0.50
2.00
9.50

5.00
2.00
0.50
2.00
9.50

1.50
5.00
2.30
1.30
1.50
11.60

2.00
3.50
2.30
2.70
1.00
11.50

2.00
3.00
2.30
2.10
1.00
10.40

2.50
3.00
3.00
3.00
1.50
13.00

2.50
4.00
2.30
3.00
0.90
12.70

17.50
17.50

15.00
15.00

20.00
20.00

18.50
18.50

18.00
18.00

14.50
6.10
2.50
4.00
1.00
2.00
0.60
1.00
2.50
1.00
35.20

15.00
4.70
2.50
7.00
1.00
1.40
1.50
1.00
2.70
0.50
37.30

13.00
5.30
4.00
6.00
1.00
1.20
2.00
1.00
4.00
1.00
38.50

13.50
7.00
3.50
5.00
1.00
1.70
1.60
1.00
3.10
1.00
38.40

13.50
4.50
2.80
5.50
0.00
0.00
1.00
2.00
3.10
1.00
33.40

19.50
19.50

17.50
17.50

18.00
18.00

20.00
20.00

18.50
18.50

7.90
9.40
7.10
9.00
33.40

7.90
8.20
6.40
9.00
31.50

9.30
10.00
8.50
8.00
35.80

10.00
7.70
8.20
10.00
35.90

7.10
8.40
9.20
8.00
32.70

8.00
5.00
2.00
1.10
1.00
17.10

7.50
3.20
2.10
1.50
1.00
15.30

8.00
4.70
3.00
2.00
2.00
19.70

8.00
4.40
3.00
1.60
1.50
18.50

7.50
2.80
1.70
1.30
1.00
14.30

9.10
9.40
18.50
161.8

7.60
7.60
15.20
152.8

10.00
9.80
19.80
170.7

8.70
8.60
17.30
171.1

8.10
8.00
16.10
155.2

20.00
9.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
44.00

16.40
8.50
5.00
5.00
4.40
39.30

16.60
9.00
4.50
5.00
4.40
39.50

18.20
9.50
4.50
5.00
3.60
40.80

16.80
10.00
4.50
5.00
4.20
40.50

Renault Volvo

Iveco

Available points Daf
Heating and ventilation
8.00
8.00

Cooling ability 8.00
6.00
6.00
Adjustment 6.00
6.00
6.00
Quality 6.00
Subtotal 20.00 20.00 20.00
Road behaviour/steering

Steering stability 15.00 15.00 13.70
5.00
5.00

Cab lean 5.00

Road feel 15.00 14.90 14.60
Subtotal 35.00 34.90 33.30
Brakes

Service brake response 15.00 15.00 15.00
5.00
5.00

Service brake pedal position 5.00
8.80

Engine brake operation 10.00 10.00
Subtotal 30.00 30.00 28.80

Gear changing and controls
9.70

Manual shifting 11.00 10.20
6.00
6.00
Integration with speed/brake setting 6.00
5.00
5.00

Additional features 7.00
1.10
1.20

Fast reverse 2.00
2.00
2.00

Cruise control 2.00
3.00
3.00

Headlights, wipers, indicators 3.00
3.80
3.00

Windows, sun visors 4.00
1.30
1.50

Parking brake 2.00
1.20
1.20
Rear suspension height adjustment 2.00
1.50
1.50
Suzies 2.00
1.50
2.00

Curtains quality 2.00
1.75
2.00

Curtain opacity 2.00
Subtotal 45.00 38.60 37.85

Section total 175.0 167.5 159.3
SAFETY
Safety features available
2.00
2.00

Adaptive cruise control 2.00
1.00
2.00

Driver airbag 2.00
2.00
2.00

Lane guard 2.00
2.00
3.00

Emergency brake system 3.00
1.00
1.00

Lane change/blind spot assist 2.00
2.00
2.00

ESP (tractor) 2.00
1.00
1.00

Outside temperature warning 1.00

Engine brake/retarder 30.00 29.00 30.00
2.00
4.00

Other safety features available 6.00
Subtotal 50.00 46.00 43.00

Lights and visibility

Front and side visibility 50.00 46.50 46.00
Headlights 10.00 10.00 10.00
Subtotal 60.00 56.50 56.00
Safety belts

Safety belts 15.00 15.00 15.00
Subtotal 15.00 15.00 15.00

Section total 125.0 117.5 114.0
Total points 500.0 446.8 426.1
* Some figures have been rounded up for presentation purposes

M-B

Renault Volvo

8.00
6.00
6.00
20.00

8.00
6.00
6.00
20.00

8.00
6.00
6.00
20.00

14.00
3.90
14.50
32.40

15.00
4.10
14.50
33.60

14.30
3.30
14.80
32.40

15.00
5.00
9.50
29.50

15.00
5.00
8.60
28.60

15.00
5.00
8.60
28.60

10.70
6.00
7.00
1.90
2.00
3.00
4.00
1.50
2.00
1.75
2.00
1.75
43.60
165.0

10.80
6.00
5.00
1.30
1.00
3.00
4.00
2.00
2.00
2.00
2.00
1.75
40.85
163.9

11.00
6.00
5.00
0.90
1.50
3.00
2.90
2.00
1.90
1.50
1.75
1.75
39.20
160.7

2.00
2.00
2.00
3.00
1.00
2.00
1.00
29.00
5.00
47.00

2.00
1.00
2.00
2.00
1.00
2.00
1.00
29.00
4.00
44.00

2.00
2.00
2.00
3.00
2.00
2.00
1.00
29.00
6.00
49.00

48.50
10.00
58.50

42.00
10.00
52.00

46.00
10.00
56.00

15.00
15.00
120.5
456.2

15.00
15.00
111.0
446.0

15.00
15.00
120.0
435.9

1st – Mercedes-Benz Actros StreamSpace
2nd – Daf CF 440 Space Cab
3rd – Renault Range T 430 Sleeper
4th – Volvo FM-450 Globetrotter
5th – Iveco Stralis Hi-Road 440

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