In this long arc of electric vehicles entering — and in some cases dominating — the market, it’s not outlandish to ask if Volvos are still safe. In this era of getting bombarded by automotive news of all kinds, it’s easy to lose sight of this important aspect.
After all, Volvo can lay its success at the feet of the safety gods. Safety is where Volvo cuts its teeth, where it found success. Maybe it’s the reason you bought one.
So Are Volvos Still Safe?
Good news if you’re a fan of Volvo: yes, they’re still safe.
Volvo XC90 and XC90 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid Named 2023 IIHS Top Safety Pick
(MAHWAH, N.J.) February 23, 2023: The Volvo XC90 midsize luxury SUV has earned a 2023 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This announcement comes after the IIHS strengthened the requirements for its TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) and TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) awards.
The new, tougher, criteria demand better side crash protection, improved pedestrian crash prevention systems, and the elimination of subpar headlights from the field of qualifying vehicles.
As part of Volvo Cars’ vision that no one should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car, the company has put safety at the center of everything it does. “The Volvo XC90 continues to prove, year after year, that it is among the safest vehicles on the road,” said Åsa Haglund, head of Volvo Cars Safety Centre.
The biggest change to the criteria comes with the replacement of the original IIHS side crash test. The updated test involves 82 percent more energy and requires vehicles to earn an acceptable or good rating to qualify for TSP, while a good rating is required for the TSP+.
Both mild hybrid (XC90) and plug-in hybrid (XC90 Recharge) versions of the XC90 earned a TSP+ award. In addition to award-winning safety, the XC90 Recharge offers up to 35 miles of all-electric driving in Pure mode. Volvo Cars has made sustainability as important as safety, and has announced plans to sell only fully electric vehicles by 2030 and to aims to become carbon neutral by 2040.https://www.media.volvocars.com