There was a time when Volvo's main asset was the safety of the cars it produced. The carmaker has evolved and now wants to convince us that the safety it offers is now just the tip of the iceberg and that, in fact, its vehicles have so much more to offer. Well, we couldn't just trust a carmaker, even though we'd really have to struggle to find a recent Volvo that hasn't received a 5-star Euro NCAP rating, so we had to see it for ourselves.
No, of course we didn't crash tested the S60. Instead, we turned to an organization that can certainly be trusted when it comes to accident behavior verdicts: the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The organization had the pleasure to officially crash an S60, so let's see how things went for the Swedes. Before we start, we have to mention that the IIHS' standard testing procedure includes frontal offset, side, roof strength and rear crash test but, for a reason that remains unknown, the S60 wasn't subjected to the last one.
The vehicle received a "Good" rating (this is the highest one) for the frontal offset test. The dummy movement was well controlled and the rebound phase didn't bring a stiff structure injury hazard. In addition to that, the sensors on the dummy indicated that all the areas were protected well.
The same ("Good") rating was also received for the side impact test, with both the driver and the rear passenger dummies recording a low risk of serious injuries, while the heads of the dummies were also well protected during the crash.
As for the roof strength test, this also brought a "Good" rating, with the vehicle offering proper resistance. The vehicle we tested offered a lot of icings on its active safety cake, but we'll talk about this in the "Gadgets" chapter.Continue reading