Volvo XC60 'Best Overall Performer' in Euro NCAP Awards
The All-New Volvo XC60 has been rated the best overall performer in the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards.
Volvo’s luxury SUV, which also topped the Large Off-Road class, scored a near-perfect 98 per cent in the Adult Occupant category. It headed a field of nearly 70 models that were crash-tested independently last year by the European New Car Assessment Program.
In its Large Off-Road class, the XC60 showed a clear advantage in Safety Assist with a score of 95 per cent – 20 percentage points higher than the nearest competitor – underlining Volvo Cars’ position as a leader in automotive safety.
“The new XC60 is one of the safest Volvo cars ever made,” said Malin Ekholm, Vice President, Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “It is fully loaded with new technology designed to assist drivers, to help protect vehicle occupants and other road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, plus mitigate collision risks.
“We are proud that our ongoing commitment to innovating new safety features has been recognised with another Euro NCAP Best in Class award for Volvo Cars.”
The Euro NCAP award for the XC60 follows in the tracks of Volvo Cars’ XC90, which in 2015 was also named the best performing large off-roader, and the car with the best overall performance that year. Volvo Cars’ V40 is another previous Euro NCAP winner, in the Small Family class.
“Our vision is that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car,” said Malin Ekholm. “The achievements of the XC60 are examples of our commitment to developing the latest safety and support systems as we strive towards that vision.”
The XC60 also joins the S90 and V90 in making history for Volvo Cars as the first manufacturer to hold all top three car rankings in Euro NCAP’s Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) tests – AEB City, AEB Inter-Urban and AEB Pedestrian. The three Volvo cars are the only cars to have achieved perfect scores in all three AEB categories.
The S90 and V90 also scored highly at the Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class awards, achieving 95 per cent in the Adult Occupant category and 93 per cent in the Safety Assist category.
The Euro NCAP award follows the XC60 being named Japan’s 2017-18 Car of the Year, in addition to local recognition. Fairfax Media, publishers of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, voted the XC60 its Best Luxury SUV Under $80,000 in its 2017 Drive Car of the Year awards, as well as presenting a second award for Safety Innovation.