2016 Volvo XC90 Aced the IIHS Crash Test Earning Top Safety Pick

When safety and protection are your number one priorities, you can never go wrong with a Volvo. The company known for its extreme safety again gets a Top Safety Pick award by IIHS, this time for the 2016 Volvo XC90.

The new flagship SUV from Volvo aced the test by the Insurance Institute of Highway safety, earning good rating in all five categories.


The key for success was the excellent safety and security scores during the front crash test. Thanks to its prevention system, the 2016 XC90 managed to earn top rating. The new SUV earned maximum six points from the institute, with a “superior” rating for the front crash prevention rating. Volvo’s vehicle managed to avoid collisions in both 12mph and 25mph crash tests.

IIHS officials made the announcement, congratulating Volvo on a number of safety features. It is worth mentioning that the previous version of the XC90 also aced all the crash tests, but didn’t manage to earn a superior rating for the forward-collision prevention system. With the 2016 XC90, Volvo is going a step further.

According to the report, the XC90 prevented the driver during the crash test extraordinary. The report says “Intrusion of less than 2 inches at all measured points in the driver’s seating space, the dummy’s movement was well-controlled and the front and side curtain airbags worked well together to protect the head. Measurements taken from the dummy showed a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity”.

The new, 2016 Volvo XC90 also received a good rating for the small front overlap test.

Earning top ranking isn’t something that Volvo was not expecting. After all, the company marketed the XC90 as one of the safest cars on the road, all thanks to a new SPA architecture. The safety system inside the SUV is based on real traffic situations and both the driver and the passengers are secured.

The standard features offering of the 2016 Volvo XC90 is the largest and most sophisticated and technologically advanced among competitors. There are also countless additional options and technologies. The standard features include the electronic stability control, road sign information, engine drag control, driver alert, understeer control logic, automatic braking after collision, lane departure warning and much more.


An important aspect of the new safety technology is the feature city safety that is active at all speeds over 2.5mph and helps avoid or mitigating collisions with vehicles, cyclists or collisions at intersections by adjusting the vehicle’s speed, belts, brakes and everything else.

Volvo also developed a feature called safe positioning, that during off road driving, the 2016 XC90 can detect what is happening and read the sign information on the road using a camera located behind the windshield.

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