Overall, the top achiever among the almost 70 vehicles tested last year by the European New Car Assessment Programme safety association was the second-generation Volvo XC60.
The Swedish crossover was the one car to stand out from the crowd, continuing Volvo’s tradition to offer some of the safest cars in the automotive industry. The posh SUV was crowned the safest of them all, with almost perfect scores in two main categories – 98% in the Adult Occupant area and 95% when discussing Safety Assist. That’s of course in line with the company’s credo that “by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car” – and the make is also the first company to receive top accolades in Euro NCAP’s three Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) tests (city, inter-urban, pedestrian), for the XC60, S90, and the V90, with perfect scores.
More so, Euro NCAP has also revealed the list with the Best in Class Cars of 2017 – of course the rating is topped by the Volvo XC60, but the organization also gave important mentions for their respective classes to the Volkswagen Polo, T-Roc and Arteon, to the Subaru Impreza and XV, as well as the new Opel/Vauxhall Crossland X. By the way, the Euro NCAP also reminded us of the shame list, crowned by their first-ever zero-star car – the Fiat Punto that was introduced back in 2005 and as the assessments have progressed the Italian machine has gone down from a five-star rating back in the day to zero today.