Volvo vs. Mercedes Trucks – Which One Comes Out on Top

Volvo and Mercedes have been doing an incredible job of improving their trucks with every passing year, but these are mostly overlooked because people are more interested in cars. However, this article will solely focus on the truck offerings from both the industry giants as they have completely revamped their concept. The new trucks are a piece of art and should be appreciated. People who are working day in and day out on those improvements deserve credit as well. So, let’s get to it. Both of these giants have done an incredible job improving the trucks, as they are now safer and easier to operate on the roads. This article is not to start a competition between the two, it is just a comparison to see how each of the industry giant has enhanced their products and how it improves the overall experience.

Emergency Brakes

The trucks used to have pressure brakes which took a long time to get into action. There was no such thing as emergency brakes and the drivers had to rely on the former. Things didn’t always go smoothly because pressure brakes are not easy to operate and they take a long time stopping the truck. However, both Mercedes and Volvo have put in a lot of work in this and have implemented auto-emergency brakes in their trucks. This feature automatically triggers and the drivers don’t even have to bother with anything. The new truck models from Mercedes and Volvo are equipped with sensors, which can sense when a vehicle is close to them.

As soon as they calculate that the truck is about to collide with the vehicle in front of them, the emergency brake is triggered and the truck stops instantaneously. The above GIF shows how both Volvo and Mercedes have done an incredible job of delivering on this aspect. The pressure brakes are still there and work as intended. However, emergency brakes have been added because drivers can’t always be on their toes, and can’t predict when a vehicle in front of them decides to suddenly stop. This is why emergency brakes to avoid collision were absolutely necessary. Both companies have integrated amazing emergency brakes, and they both work remarkably. Volvo however gets a point for this feature because their trucks are way more efficient when it comes to brakes.

Slippery Roads

The trucks have to travel on all kinds of terrains, so they are not safe from rain or snow. A huge problem that was faced by truck drivers were slippery roads. The trucks got out control really fast and it was incredibly difficult for the drivers to get it back in control. In rainy and snowy areas, trucks were the forefront of many accidents. However, things have improved in the last few years. Both Volvo and Mercedes have done an amazing job of addressing this problem. As you can see in the GIF above that even on the slippery roads, the truck is very much in control of the driver. This previously was unheard of as the vehicles used to get out of control on regular occasions. However, since the launch of new trucks, the ratio of accidents in snowy areas has lowered by quite a margin. Both Volvo and Mercedes have taken the steps in the right direction by resolving this serious concern, but here Mercedes take the cake because their vehicles are way more controllable on the slippery surfaces as compared to Volvo. It’s not that Volvo is bad or anything, it’s just that Mercedes delivers well on this feature.

Top Speed

Trucks are not really known for their speed but the truck drivers do like to finish their journey at a faster speed. Highways are usually empty and there is no point in driving slow. Also, the speed limit is quite high on the highways but the previous iteration of trucks didn’t even come close to that speed. Things however, have changed for the better. Both Volvo and Mercedes have introduced trucks that are capable of going at a higher speed, and with slippery roads and pressure brakes no longer a problem, drivers can easily drive around at the higher than usual speeds. Volvo can go up to 140 km/h, which is more than enough for a truck. On the other hand, Mercedes’ trucks are capable of going up to 150 km/h. That’s not a huge difference, but since we are doing a comparison, Mercedes clearly takes the lead here. With incredible new controls and state of the art emergency brakes, going at full speed is not an issue, and you can see drivers using that to their advantage.


Another huge problem that trucks and their drivers have had to face was turns. When they are on a highway, they have all the room and time in the world to turn in any direction they want. However, within cities, towns, and villages, the trucks were a huge problem and that was because they took a long time to turn and that too was ineffective. Drivers had to adjust every second because they didn’t want to hit anyone and that’s not an easy thing to do within the crowded areas. Vehicles are everywhere and it is difficult for the truck driver to take sharp turns without taking its time or without hitting anything. This made life a truck driver a complete misery.

Mercedes and Volvo designers realized how much of an issue this was becoming for the citizens and for the drivers. So, they decided to do something about it and now both of them have trucks that are capable of taking sharp turns with ease. As you can see in the GIF above, even on sharp turns, the trucks are having no problem whatsoever. If it were older models, they would’ve had incredibly hard time getting through such sharp turns. Both Mercedes and Volvo have worked hard on improving the capability of turning of their respective trucks, and it would be unfair to give credit to just one party here. It’s a draw when it comes to turns because both giants have done a fantastic job of making things easier for the drivers.

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