IN a competitive round of testing which saw Euro NCAP 5 star ratings awarded to all nine vehicles released, Volvo is still setting the standard in car safety.
The new Volvo XC60 has 'aced' the exacting test protocols said Matthew Avery director of research at Thatcham Research.
He said: "It's exceedingly rare for a vehicle to score so favourably across the board. The adult occupant protection result for the Volvo XC60 is one of the best on record. But it's in active safety that Volvo is really maintaining its lead. The XC60's standard-fit safety technologies are excellent - or rather those that we were able to test, as its Turn Across Path and Run off Road systems are not yet a feature of the Euro NCAP programme. That's how high the Volvo XC60 is above the bar set by Euro NCAP."
The Volvo XC60's Safety Assist score (95 per cent), is 40 per cent above the average for cars tested this year, with the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system scoring maximum points when tested at highway speeds, as well as successfully avoiding collisions at all test speeds and in all scenarios.
The new VW Polo was also tested in October, offering a late challenge to the SEAT Ibiza, Thatcham Research's supermini safety choice of 2017 so far.
The remaining vehicles tested in October were all SUVs, continuing the trend for strong safety performers in the category. The Citroën C3 Aircross, Opel / Vauxhhall Crossland X, VW T-Roc, Skoda Karoq and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross all achieved Euro NCAP 5 star ratings. However, the Citroën C3 Aircross and Opel / Vauxhall Crossland do not come with standard-fit AEB systems.