The redesigned Volvo XC60, a midsize luxury SUV, qualifies for the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with specific headlights.
To earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.
Like the previous generation, the 2018 XC60 aced the crashworthiness tests. Its standard front crash prevention system improved from an advanced to a superior rating. The 2017 XC60 was also available with superior-rated front crash prevention, but only with the addition of optional equipment.
In IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, the 2018 model avoided collisions. It also has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
When equipped with the Advanced package, the XC60 earns an acceptable headlight rating. That’s a step down from the 2017 model, whose best available headlights earned a good rating. IIHS hasn’t yet had the opportunity to test the headlights on an XC60 without the Advanced package.