The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) announced a five-star safety rating for the Volvo XC60 this week, with the premium mid-size SUV recording the highest scores yet in two testing categories.
Scoring 98 per cent and 95 per cent in the 'Adult Occupant Protection' and 'Safety Assist' categories respectively, the XC60 set a new safety benchmark with its near-perfect results.
Tallying 37.25 out of 38 overall points in the 'Adult Occupant Protection' category, the Swedish model achieved perfect scores in the side impact at 50km/h (eight out of eight) and oblique pole at 32km/h (eight out of eight) crash tests, as well as for its city autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system (three out of three).
A strong result (7.58 out of eight) was recorded in the full-width frontal at 50km/h crash test, with deductions made for 'marginal' protection of the rear passenger's chest, while all other body parts – including the driver's – had 'good' protection.
Similarly, the frontal offset at 64km/h crash test returned a 7.82 out of eight, with points deducted for 'acceptable' protection of the driver's lower legs, while all other body parts – including the front passenger's – had 'good' protection.
The whiplash protection test resulted in a 2.85 out of three.
Amassing 11.40 out of 12 overall points in the 'Safety Assist' category, the XC60 scored perfectly for its seatbelt reminders (three out of three) and interurban AEB system (three out of three).
Furthermore, the latest Volvo's lane support (2.90 out of three) and speed assistance (2.50 out of three) systems scored well.
Not to be outdone, the 'Child Occupant Protection' category was another strong point for the XC60, with a return of 42.86 out of 49 overall points – or 87.5 per cent.
Protection of the six-year old child dummy's chest and 10-year old child dummy's neck were 'acceptable' in the frontal offset crash test, while all other areas of their bodies had 'good' protection.
Meanwhile, the side impact crash test saw 'good' protection of both child dummies, with final scores tallying 11.95 out of 15 for the six-year old and 11.91 out of 15 for the 10-year old.
Child safety features (seven out of seven) and a child seat installation check (12 out of 12) were given perfect results.
The 'Pedestrian Protection' category produced the svelte Swede's poorest return, with 31.93 out of 42 overall points – or 76 per cent – totalled.
Mostly 'good' or 'acceptable' protection of the head (17.28 out of 24) was provided by the bonnet in the pedestrian test, but some 'poor' results were recorded at the base of the windscreen and along the A-pillars.
Full points were awarded for the bumper's 'good' protection of a pedestrian's lower legs (six out of six), while their upper legs (2.65 out of six) were impacted by 'good' and 'poor' protection of the pelvis by the bonnet edge.
The pedestrian protection element of the AEB system received a maximum score (six out of six).
The XC60's five-star safety rating applies to all D4, D5, T5 and T6 variants sold from last month onwards and excludes the T8 flagship, which is yet to be tested.
ANCAP's European counterpart, Euro NCAP, conducted the aforementioned crash testing earlier this year on an XC60 Momentum D4.