Safest Car On The Planet? The Volvo XC90

2016 Volvo XC90

We all know that safety is a huge concern for modern families. After all, you wouldn’t want to do anything that puts your children in danger. That’s why safety ratings have become such a crucial part of choosing a car. Most of tend to look at the larger SUVs for safety. It’s why we see so many 4x4s on the school run these days. And, there is some logic behind that. It’s simple physics; the bigger the car, the safer you are. But, there’s also a lot more going on behind the scenes. Never has that been more obvious than with the Volvo XC90. It’s officially the safest car on the planet. Here’s what you need to know.

2016 Volvo XC90Volvo and its history of safety

Volvo has a long-standing tradition of safety. It has always been one of its key concerns, and that has given it a strong presence in the family market. Volvo have consistently pumped out fantastically safe cars. In fact, before the XC90 took the crown, guess who was number one? That’s right, Volvo. And, not just any Volvo, but a small hatchback. The company are so refined in the world of safety, they can turn a small car into the safest on the planet. That’s why the Volvo cars at Carco are so incredibly popular.

“Zero fatalities”

Volvo have made safety a core part of their mission statement. In fact, they’ve set themselves the ambitious goal of achieving ‘zero fatalities’ by 2020. That’s how much faith they have in their own safety engineering department. The Swedish company are taking an all-around strategy to eliminate driver, passenger, and pedestrian deaths on the road. So, let’s take a closer look at the details going on behind the XC90.

Euro NCAP safety result

As you would expect, the car scored a 5 star safety rating. That, in itself, is not unusual. There are plenty of cars with a 5 star safety award. So what sets it apart? Well, it’s the fact that it scored an unprecedented 97% adult occupant rating. It also scored a very high 87% child safety rating. But, it’s the final category that sets the Volvo apart. It scored an incredible 100% in the safety assist category. (This category has recently been expanded to account for some of the new technologies available).


The overall rating comes as a result of two main things. Firstly the materials and build quality. The XC90 is built with boron steel, which is the highest strength material. The car is also fitted with airbags that run the full length of the cabin.

Technology and safety assist

The second reason for its fantastic result is the technology on board. This is what contributed to its 100% safety assist rating. The XC90 has external cameras that detect pedestrians and cyclists. It alerts the driver, or stops the car dead if a collision is imminent. The vehicle also boasts auto braking features and a lane departure system. If the car veers too far left, it will automatically move inwards. If it’s about to hit the car in front, it will automatically brake harder.

Every year, we see new safety technology. But for now, the XC90 is in a league of its own.