The Volvo XC60 Compact SUV Is Now Officially Safe To Crash


Well, of course it is.

When it comes to car safety, Volvo has a long-standing reputation to withhold. After all, this is the company that invented the three-point safety belt back in the 1950s, so you expect its cars to be among the safest on the planet. Volvo is so safety conscious, it conducts its own independent crash tests on its vehicles before official tests from organizations like Euro NCAP and Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. The all-new next-generation XC60 performed remarkably well during Volvo’s crash tests: during a rollover test, the roof barely deformed.

Since the compact SUV will be sold in the US, it had to go through extensive testing by the IIFHS. Surprising absolutely no one, Volvo’s latest compact SUV passed with flying colors, earning IIFHS’s highest Top Safety Pick + Award. It should be noted, however, that to qualify for the award the XC60 needs to be equipped with specific headlights as part of the Advanced Package. Like the previous generation, the 2018 XC60 excelled in all five of IIFHS’s crashworthiness tests, including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. Compared to the previous model, the 2018 XC60’s standard front crash prevention system improved from an advanced to a superior rating.

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Last year’s model was also available with superior-rated front crash prevention, but only with the addition of optional equipment. The abundance of semi-autonomous driver assists also meant that the Volvo XC60 scored the maximum number of points in the IIFHS’s crash prevention assessment. Thanks to its forward collision warning and autobraking assists, the 2018 XC60 avoided collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph during testing. The only areas that let the XC60 down were the ease of use of the child seat anchors and the headlights which both scored “Acceptable” ratings, whereas the last-gen model achieved a “Good” rating for its headlights.

It may sound like a forgone conclusion that a Volvo will achieve the highest possible safety rating, but its other two new models, the XC90 and S90, achieved the Top Safety Rating without the + due to only scoring “Marginal” headlight ratings.

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