Volvo has had a prominent name is building one of the safest cars in the world, and this year the Volvo XC60 has come victorious in the Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards. The XC60 scored a near-perfect 98 percent in the Adult Occupant category, and in its Large Off-Road class, it showed a clear advantage in Safety Assist with a score of 95 percent – 20 percentage points higher than the nearest Large Off-Road competitor – underlining Volvo Cars’ position as a leader in automotive safety.
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.
“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 XC60 also joins the S90 and V90 in elevating Volvo Cars as the first manufacturer to hold the 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 percent in the Adult Occupant category and 93 percent in the Safety Assist category.
“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.”
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Volvo XC60 was launched in India at Rs 55.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is available in one variant called 'Inscription' and shares the engine with the larger XC90, which is a 2.0-litre unit 235 hp and 480 Nm paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with an all-wheel-drive system as standard.