2015 Volvo XC90 Crash Test Footage Reveals a Very Tough Cookie

When the IIHS put the outgoing Volvo XC90 through the demanding small overlap crash test, the very old Swedish mid-size SUV was rated a very respectable 'good' overall score despite it's an 11-year-old model. According to the crash test footage provided by Volvo, the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 shapes up to be even more safe with its passengers, albeit the crash tests were performed in-house, not by the IIHS.
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Conducted at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden, the video below shows three of the most common types of accidents drivers these days are exposed to: an offset crash from the front at 40 mph (64 km/h), a side impact crash test at 35 mph (55 km/h), as well as a roll-over crash test at 30 mph (48 km/h). In each of these situations, the Volvo XC90 performed like expected from a Swedish family car.

There's minimal intrusion inside, airbags deploy as soon as possible providing cushioning for the passengers, even infants fastened properly in baby seats are very fell protected from those nasty G-forces that occur during impact. It's a little bit curious why the tailgate and other bits and bobs are missing during those crash tests because the lack of a body panel affects the way impact forces are distributed through the body shell and chassis of the car, but the 2015 Volvo XC90 still impresses.

Like we mentioned earlier, this is one tough cookie of a vehicle and the safest Volvo to date. The Scandinavian automaker says that the second-generation of the luxurious SUV offers "the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry." Two world first safety technologies are included. City Safety, the auto brake function that comes as standard on the XC90, can sense vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in front of the car.

The second world first safety feature is a run-off road protection pack that Volvo describes as "in a run-off road scenario, the all-new Volvo XC90 detects what is happening and the front safety belts are tightened to keep the occupants in position. To help prevent spine injuries, energy-absorbing functionality between the seat and seat frame cushions the vertical forces that can arise when the car encounters a hard landing in the terrain." Is it safe enough for you or what? Nevertheless, take a look at the video below and see how well the 2015 Volvo XC90 handles the most common crash scenarios in the world.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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