The Volvo XC90 is the perfect family car. It blends stunning good looks, with unrivalled practicality and a whole host of cutting-edge technology. One more thing that makes it stand out from the crowd is its impeccable safety record.
The luxury SUV has been lauded as one of the safest cars that money can buy as official figures show that no driver or passenger death has been recorded since records began back in 2004. Thatcham Research had interpreted different sets of data provided by Government accident statistics and using insurance data to uncover the remarkable fact.
In the UK there have been an estimated 70,000 sales of the XC90 since it was launched in 2002. Thatcham Director of Research, Matthew Avery, went on to explain that the data applied to every single one of these models as all iterations of Volvo’s largest SUV was incorporated in their findings.
The news bodes well for the Swedish firm who have launched a ‘Vision 20’ mission that will attempt to achieve no vehicle deaths in their vehicles by 2020. Volvo aim to achieve this by using leading crash avoidance technology such as autonomous emergency braking, as well as developing other aspects of safety such as airbags, seatbelts and the vehicles actual structure.
Avery went on to emphasise the impressive nature of the data stating that figures suggested it was unlikely that someone had died driving a Bugatti Veyron, however, there are very few Veyron’s on the road whilst the XC90 has been a popular family SUV for 16 years.
Volvo have been pioneers in road safety throughout the years and this drive and desire to continue to make enhancements in driver and passenger safety will continue to push the Swedish manufacturer forward in the automotive sector.