Tuesday 16 July 2019

Meet 'one of the safest cars to ever be made'

Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Meet "one of the safest cars ever made".

It is the Volvo XC60 (pictured), which has just been judged as such by the prestigious Thatcham Research centre as part of the What Car? Safety Awards assessment.

Its technology - "to avoid the crash in the first place" - won it the accolade ahead of the "highly commended" Volkswagen T-Roc and Subaru XV.

But there is concern from the panel of judges that not enough manufacturers are fitting autonomous emergency braking as standard on all new cars. They point the finger at Ford for having only 7pc of their new UK cars with the technology.

However, they were effusive about the XC60 5dr SUV, describing it as "one of the safest cars ever made".

They say they were impressed with the "unrivalled protection" in the event of an accident.

Matthew Avery, safety award judge and director of research at Thatcham, says the XC60 "is so far ahead of the game that its innovative cross traffic alert and turn across path systems are not yet a part of the Euro NCAP programme."

He adds: "The Volkswagen T-Roc is a safety standard-bearer in the small SUV segment. The Subaru XV was the other stand-out performer in 2017."

But the experts ask, will carmakers follow Volvo, VW and Subaru's lead?

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