When I bought my S80 for my son to drive I made the decision because the Volvo makes a safe car.
My casual research indicated that the S80 is a very safe car.
Which is not surprising because almost anything safety related that has been added to the automobile for the last 100 years has been developed by Volvo or Mercedes. (ABS, traction control, stability control, Air Bags, crumple zones, safety cell passenger compartment, seat belts, laminated glass in the windshield, roof strength (roll over protection), collapsible steering column, whiplash protection, autonomous braking, etc. etc.)
With that in mind I came across an article from IIHS that I thought might be interesting to discuss.
Note: IIHS's research was significantly more through than my own.
They create actual objective criteria for what makes a car safe.
In the article IIHS is recommending two groups of cars as a good first car for a new driver.
The safer (and more expensive) group must meet higher safety requirements.
IIHS put a maximum cost for the more expensive group at $20,000
For the safer group with the $20,000 limit here are the Cars/SUVs by model year
2005 XC90From IIHS: Vehicles with substantially higher than average claim frequency under medical payment or personal injury protection coverage are excluded from this list.
2007 XC90 S80
2008 XC90 S80
2009 XC90 S80
2010 XC90 S80
2011 XC90 S80 S60 Ford Flex
2012 XC90 S80 S60 Ford Flex
2013 XC90 S80 S60 XC60 Ford Flex Acura TL VW Passat Ford Fusion Subaru Legacy Honda Accord Subaru Outback Lincoln MKZ Ford Taurus etc. etc. etc
It looks like after 2013 the other automotive manufactures decided that they should make safe cars as well.
Just my $.02