With almost 70 cars tested, 2017 was by far the busiest year for the European New Car Assessment Programme. One model managed to stand out from the pack and that was the second-generation XC60, which was crowned as the safest car overall. Volvos are known to be among the safest cars in the automotive industry and the new XC60 is no exception after scoring 98% in the Adult Occupant category and 95% in terms of Safety Assist.

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Volvo Cars Safety Center’s Vice President, Malin Ekholm, has made the promise that “by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car” and these crash test results are showing the company is on the right track.

Volvo is actually the first automaker to claim top spot in Euro NCAP’s three Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) tests (city, inter-urban, pedestrian) in which the XC60, S90, and the V90 have excelled by getting perfect scores. Since we mentioned the sedan and wagon, the duo got a 95% rating in the Adult Occupant category and 93% in the Safety Assist category.

In related news, Euro NCAP has released this week a list with the Best in Class Cars of 2017. Needless to say, the Volvo XC60 is the main star on that list, which also includes three Volkswagens (Polo, T-Roc, Arteon), two Subarus (Impreza, XV), and the Opel/Vauxhall Crossland X.

Attached below is a playlist consisting of videos with all these cars that ranked highly in Euro NCAP’s evaluation last year.

But 2017 wasn’t all about five-star cars (like the Stinger, F-Pace, Yaris, Kona, 6 Series GT) as it also marked an unwanted premiere: the first zero-star car. Launched in 2005, the Fiat Punto received five stars back in the day, but Euro NCAP’s tests are considerably more stringent now, and with the supermini not being renewed during this 12-year interval, it has lost all five stars.

Source: Volvo, Euro NCAP

Gallery: Volvo XC60 Euro NCAP crash test

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Volvo XC60 is 2017’s overall safest car in Euro NCAP testing

Volvo Cars’ XC60 has been crowned the best performing large off-roader, and the car with the best overall performance of 2017 in the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards.


The XC60 scored a near-perfect 98 per cent in the Adult Occupant category and in its Large Off-Road class, showed a clear advantage in Safety Assist with a score of 95 per cent – 20 percentage points higher than the nearest Large Off-Road 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. The XC60 also won the UK’s 2017 Car Tech Awards for Best Safest Car, Best Safety Technology and Best Sat-Nav; and was crowned Luxury SUV of the Year in the UK’s Professional Driver 2017 Car of the Year awards. The XC60 has also been named as one of three finalists for the 2018 North American Utility of the Year award, the winner of which will be announced on 15 January 2018.


Euro NCAP awards

Each year, Euro NCAP publishes a ‘Best in Class’ to indicate which vehicles have performed better than their competitors launched in the same calendar year, using a weighted sum of scores for accurate comparison in each class, across four areas of assessment: adult occupant, child occupant, pedestrian and safety assist.