Volvo XC90 Named Euro NCAP Best in Class 2015

JAN 21 2016 BY MARK KANE 10

Volvo XC90 is so happy that he did a somersault

Volvo XC90 is so happy that he did a somersault

Volvo XC90 (with its T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid version) enters the year 2016 with splash.

First, the XC90 was named 2016 North American Truck/Utility Of The Year.

And now, the XC90 is listed by Euro NCAP among the Best in Class cars of 2015 (of course this contest is only for models scoring five stars).

Volvo XC90 had the best overall safety performance of 2015 and was the best performing vehicle in the large off-roader class.

We are curious now to see the Tesla Model X – Volvo XC90 comparison in crash tests. Both automakers are known for their focus on safety, though Volvo’s track record dates back way further than Tesla’s.

From Euro NCAP:

“In 2015, the new full width frontal test has, as was hoped, had a significant influence on the fitment of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters across all sectors and autonomous braking technology continues to become more widespread. The ratings showed a marked difference between newer cars that have been developed for the latest safety technologies and older vehicles, whose safety has not been updated and which now lag behind the leaders.

The best performing large off-roader, and the car with the best overall performance of 2015, was Volvo’s XC90. The Swedish company’s new flagship achieved an outstanding 97 percent for adult occupant protection and a maximum 100 percent for its safety assist technologies.”

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo’s comment:

“Volvo’s ground-breaking XC90 SUV has received further recognition for its role in redefining the SUV segment – this time in the familiar Volvo territory of safety – receiving the 2015 Best in Class award for both Large Off-Road and Overall Performance categories.

The Volvo XC90 achieved overall top performance in the 2015 Euro NCAP ratings, scoring 100 per cent in the Safety Assist category,  and an outstanding 97 percent in adult occupant protection, reflecting the innovative approach that Volvo Cars continues to take when developing new safety systems.

“We are always happy to receive further recognition for the work we do. The XC90 embodies everything that Volvo Cars stands for, and this is further proof of our continuing leadership in the field of both active and passive safety systems. Our vision is that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car. With the latest safety and semi-autonomous drive functionalities in the XC90 we are well on our way to fulfilling that vision,” said Jan Ivarsson, Acting Director, Volvo Cars Safety Centre.

The Euro NCAP announcement, which celebrates the “outstanding performance” of the XC90 comes hot on the heels of a host of prestigious awards the new SUV has collected in recent months, including the Motor Trend Car of the Year, North American Truck of the Year and the Auto Express Car of the Year to name but a few.

Sales of the XC90, which continue to outpace production capacity, have had a seismic effect on the Swedish premium car maker’s transformation journey. 2015 saw sales reach an all-time high, with over 503,000 cars sold.”

Time to crash some cars:

“The Euro NCAP Best in Class cars of 2015 are:
Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Jaguar XE, Infiniti Q30, Honda Jazz, Ford Galaxy, VW Touran and Mazda MX-5.”

Euro NCAP Crash Test of Volvo XC90 2015
Euro NCAP Frontal Impact takes place at 64 Km/h, 40% of the width of the car striking a deformable barrier. In the Full Width test, 100% of the width of the car the car impact a rigid barrier at 50 Km/h. In the side impact, a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver’s door at 50 km/h. In the pole test, the car tested is propelled sideways at 32 km/h into a rigid pole.”

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10 Comments on "Volvo XC90 Named Euro NCAP Best in Class 2015"

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The new XC90 is pretty darn impressive in terms of safety.

It pretty much aced everything in the US and EU’s safety testing.

“Both automakers are known for their focus on safety, though Volvo’s track record dates back way further than Tesla’s.”

I am curious to see that as well. So far, Tesla has ONLY demonstrated a good result in NHTSA’s crash test. It didn’t do the IIHS’s small overlap crash.

I am curious to see how the Model X performance in all those test conditions.

The Model S did get a decent score on the Euro NCAP. It tested somewhere in the middle of all the cars tested that year (18th best result out of 42 tested), but enough to get five stars.

So there is no question about it being pretty safe.

18th of 42th is not very high. Does this mean the Honda Jazz is safer than the model S?

Ok, Honda Jazz is really better and scored (Passenger protection, Child protection, Pedestrian protection, Safety Systems) 93%/85%/73%/71%

Model S was only: 82%/77%/66%/71%

But i have to say, the tested Model S was for 2014, could not find a 2015 crash test for the model S.

Those numbers have to be corrected based on the size and/or class of the vehicle. There is no way the Honda Jazz (Honda Fit for Americans) does better than a Tesla Model S. The Model S is a much larger vehicle and, generally speaking, larger vehicles do better on crash tests than smaller vehicles, especially given the Jazz/Fit’s short bonnet (hood).

I agree that the results are interessting and unexpected. However the NCAP results are based on expected injuries. The test performed is equal regardless of the size/weight of the car far as i see it, so the results are comparable.

If you know otherwise please let us know. It seems to be that they changed the tests for 2015, but normally the test are getting harder.

The tests are getting harder for every year. So you can’t compare grades from one year to the next.

Well, you can know that an equal or better score in a newer test year means it fared better, of course.

A 3-star in 2015 could be better than a 5-star in 2013 or so though.

Meaning the 2015 Honda Jazz/Fit scorded better than the 2014 Model S for sure.

Mr. m, no blasphemy on this site please 😉

Sorry PVH, i forgot to add that i know that the model S is the safest car of the universe, not just on Mars. My conclusion is that the NCAP must be full of errors. And i wont forgive them until they pay tesla reparations.