Volvo’s XC60 mid-size SUV has scored the highest crash safety rating of 2017 so far, after tests by European testers EuroNCAP.
The XC60 scored a five-star rating – like the other eight vehicles tested in the latest batch of results – but finished with the highest average scores across the categories. This matches the mark of the XC90 when it was tested in 2015.
The adult occupancy score was almost perfect at 98 per cent, with the safety assist score also very good at 95 per cent. The other categories – child occupancy and pedestrian safety – were also scored well above average.
This set of results is in-keeping with Volvo’s prediction that no deaths will occur in any of its vehicles by 2020 and the brand’s reputation as building the safest vehicles on the road.
Director of research at EuroNCAP partner and safety centre Thatcham Research Matthew Avery, said: “It’s exceedingly rare for a vehicle to score so favourably across the board. The adult occupant protection result for the Volvo XC60 is one of the best on record.
“But it’s in active safety that Volvo is really maintaining its lead. The XC60’s standard-fit safety technologies are excellent – or rather those that we were able to test, as its Turn Across Path and Run off Road systems are not yet a feature of the Euro NCAP programme. That’s how high the Volvo XC60 is above the bar set by Euro NCAP.”
Prices for the XC60 start from £35,655.
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