2016 Volvo XC90 Gets Top Safety Pick+ Rating
Advanced Luxury Crossover Unsurprisingly Aces Test
Some automotive brands are just instinctively known for their particular attributes. For Porsche, it’s “performance,” and for Toyota, it’s “reliability.” For Volvo, undoubtedly, the first thing to come to most car buyers’ minds is “safety.” The latest crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reinforce this positive stereotype by awarding the 2016 Volvo XC90 a TSP+ rating, the highest designation given by the organization. This also gives Volvo’s entire product lineup the distinction of having a TSP+ rating.
Volvo has set an ambitious goal that nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo globally by the year 2020. The first model built on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the XC90 features a new design engineered to perform particularly well on the small overlap test, one of the most challenging in the industry. Other safety features include a breakaway brake pedal and deformation zones in the front seat brackets. To help achieve its safety goal, Volvo has pledged to make automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning technology standard on all Volvo models within the next five years. In addition to the IIHS designation, the XC90 also recently received a five-star safety rating from the European safety agency Euro New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).