Last year was probably one of the busiest years for the European New Car Assessment Programme, with a total of around 70 cars tested. But amongst that huge pack of vehicles, one model managed to really stand out, and this was the second-generation Volvo XC60. After going through all those cars, the European NCAP made a decision that this is the safest car overall.
Ever since, Volvo has had a good reputation when it comes to car safety, and that is why we are not surprised that the new XC60 got the highest score during the tests. It scored 98% for the Adult Occupant category, and for Safety Assist, it got 95%, which still is pretty impressive as most cars do not ever get a score that high.
Malin Ekholm, Vice President of Volvo Cars Safety Center, promised that no one should ever get seriously injured or killed ever riding a Volvo car by the beginning of next decade. And based on the results we just saw, it seems like the automaker is right on track with fulfilling this promise.
After getting rated, it was officially announced that Volvo is the first automaker to claim top spot in Euro NCAP’s three Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) tests. This includes city, inter-urban, and pedestrian. Models like the S90, XC60 and the V90 all got perfect scores in this category. However, the duo’s scores were not as high as the XC60, with a 95% rating in the Adult Occupant category, and 93% in the Safety Assist category.
Apart from the list of safest cars, the European New Car Assessment Programme also published a list of the Best in Class Cars of 2017. Without any surprise, one of these cars was again Volvo’s XC60, being the superstar of that list. Alongside it were models like the Volkswagen Polo, T-Roc, and Arteon, while Subaru also made it with its Impreza and XV, together with the Opel/Vauxhall Crossland X.
It wasn’t only five-star cars that made the news for 2017. So while people applauded cars such as the Stinger, F-Pace, Yaris, Kona, and 6 Series GT, the Euro NCAP also rated their very first zero-star car, the Fiat Punto from 2005. Back then, it received five stars, but since the tests have become more stringent nowadays, and the Fiat was not able to cope with the changes, ascit had not been renewed for 12 years, it lost all five stars. Well, just like anything else, cars will also have to keep up with what’s new or you will definitely be left behind. This is a lesson for every automaker to keep in mind.