Redesigned Volvo XC90 Takes Home IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

Redesigned Volvo XC90 Takes Home IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award
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September 21, 2015

The Volvo XC90 qualifies for top honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) following a redesign and the inclusion of a front crash prevention system.

The midsize luxury SUV had good ratings for all five safety tests and comes with an upgraded version of Volvo's City Safety feature, which helped it earn a Top Safety Pick+ award.

Though once unavailable on the XC90, City Safety is an automatic braking system that came standard on earlier Volvos. A previous version only functioned at low speeds. The new version functions at higher speeds and avoided collisions on IIHS track tests at 12 and 25 mph. The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) criteria.

The SUV got high marks in all five crashworthiness tests, but in particular, it held up well in the challenging small overlap front test. The driver space held up very well and the dummy's moment was well controlled. Data indicate that there is a low risk of any significant injuries in a similar real-world crash.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick, vehicles must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, plus a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap test.

For Top Safety Pick+, vehicles also need an available front crash system with an advanced or superior rating.