The new Volvo S60 is a little too new to have been tested by international crash testing organizations like the EuroNCAP, IIHS or NHTSA, but taking a few things like Volvo's safety credentials into account, we're not expecting it to behave too bad. For example, there hasn't been a single Volvo since 1997 to score under five stars at the EuroNCAP, and then it was the first generation S40, which had received "just" four stars.
Even if you're the "progress non-believer" type, until the new S60 crash tests are published your confidence can remain high thanks to the passive and active safety features present in standard on our test car.
There is of course and army of front and side airbags, which protect anything from the head to the chest, thorax, knees, etc. The safety cell is a strong as ever, while the crumple zones have been redefined to achieve their function better.
As far as the active safety systems go, this is where our test car really shines, without even being fitted with all that was available. So, apart from the regular anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control, our S60 2.0T was also fitted with a pretty cool virtual torque vectoring system, which brakes the inner wheel when going into a turn at a higher speed, thus minimizing the "torque steer" phenomenon.
On top of that, our car was also fitted with the City Safety system, which automatically brakes the car to a halt at speeds under 30 km/h (18.6 mph) if it detects that you're about to hit the car in front of you. If that isn't enough, we also got to experience Volvo's latest evolution of an intelligent cruise control, which automatically keeps a set gap to the car in front, automatically braking and accelerating from zero to 200 km/h (2.5 to 124 mph).Continue reading