Surprise, surprise, Volvos are really safe! For most people it’s not a shocking revelation, but it’s still impressive to hear that Volvo has a spotless record with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Each and every one of the automaker’s vehicles that have been tested in 2015 have been named Top Safety Pick+, something no other car company can say.
The latest round of tests saw the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 acing each IIHS test, including for crash prevention systems. Even when it came to the notorious small overlap test, which so many other SUVs and crossovers have utterly failed lately, the XC90 did a great job. IIHS said that the crash dummy was well-protected, meaning a human in the same situation likely would walk away without any significant injuries. The video below shows the actual test.
The new XC90 rides on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which the company created with safety in mind. It means that the upcoming S90 and V90 models will likely also be safety superstars. A number of other designs help keep the driver and passengers safe, including deformation zones in the front seat brackets and break-away pedals for the driver. The City Safety system, which warns the driver about possible collisions and automatically applies the brakes, has been upgraded to work at faster speeds, which also played a factor in the crossover’s top rating.
In short, anyone concerned about keeping themselves and their family safe, should give serious thought to at least trying out a new Volvo. The company has a goal of zero fatalities in any of its vehicles by the year 2020, something that it seems to be taking quite seriously.