Why the Xc90 is a Top Safety Pick

By: Glady Reign

The Volvo XC90 is a trailblazer in its segment. The midsize luxury crossover SUV has received its fair share of accolades and awards. But the most notable, of course, is the fact that it is a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This, of course comes, as no surprise since Volvo is known for producing safe cars in its 80 long years in business.

The Top Safety Pick is given by the IIHS to vehicles which can adequately protect its occupants in the unfortunate case of front, rear, or side collisions. The vehicles undergo crash protection tests and this is where the institute determines whether a certain vehicle is crash worthy and would be given the Top Safety Pick.

"Our crash tests cover the most common kinds of real-world collisions," said IIHS president Adrian Lund. "Designating Top Safety Pick winners based on the tests makes it easier for consumers to identify vehicles that afford the best overall protection without sifting through multiple sets of comparative test results," he added.

For a vehicle to be given the Top Safety Pick award, it should post "good" ratings for front, rear, and side crash protection tests. Aside from having "good" ratings on the three crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also requires an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) program to be part of the vehicle's features. Without that feature, a vehicle will not be qualified to be given a Top Safety Pick award.

The requirement for an ESC program is due to the fact that the institute has found out that the ESC significantly reduces the risk of severe to fatal injuries in cases of crashes. An ESC is a generic name for systems which are designed to improve the handling of a vehicle. This system is designed to take control of a vehicle if the driver is in danger of loosing control of the vehicle.

"Integrated safety technology has set the XC90 apart since its introduction, and it's part of Volvo DNA to focus of real-world safety," said Anne Belec, the president and Chief Executive Officer of Volvo Cars of North America. "An award like this validates Volvo's commitment, and explains why customers have made the XC90 the best-selling European SUV in the United States."

Other features which makes the Volvo XC90 as reliable as include the Active Bi-Xenon Lights that it is equipped with. According to Volvo, the headlights automatically adjust the lights depending on the position of the steering wheel. This feature comes in handy when maneuvering around bends at night.

Another safety feature of the Volvo XC90 is its frontal structure. Aside from protecting the occupants of the vehicle, the frontal structure is also designed to protect the occupants of a vehicle which it might hit head on. The low cross member in the front of the XC90 is designed to activate the crumple zones of other vehicles it might hit head on. The hood on the other hand is designed to crumple if the vehicle hits a pedestrian.

With good safety ratings for front rear and side collision and the presence of the Bi-xenon lights makes the XC90 a good choice. The fact that it has all the safety systems to protect its passengers from severe injuries on crashes and its adequate interior space makes it a strong contender in its segment. Once again, Volvo proved to the world that they are building safe vehicles for their customers.


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