If there’s one thing Volvo is famed for, it’s safety. And the Swedish company’s latest new vehicle, the upcoming XC90 4×4, looks on course to set some safety records when it goes under the full battery of European crash tests soon.

Despite the ferocity of the frontal 40mph crash test – and the XC90’s sheer size and weight – the car shrugs off the impact, absorbing the immense forces involved without fuss. As for the rollover test, where the car is flung off a tilted platform at speed, bar a destroyed rear wheel the car emerges pretty much unscathed.

The XC90 is available to order from October onwards with prices starting at£45,000.

For a car expected to cart around families with space for seven adults, this performance should put many buyers at ease. Not only is the new car lighter than the old car, but based on these tests it looks to be stronger too.

The car also features two world-firsts – intersection autobraking, which stops the car if it senses that the driver is going to pull out in front of a fast-approaching vehicle at a junction, and run-off road protection, which secures the seatbelts if the car leaves the road, keeping occupants squarely in their seats.

Take a look for yourself below:

Picture: YouTube / Mate Petrany

Chris Lloyd


September 1, 2014