The new S60, which was introduced this past fall, gets top 'good' scores in all subcategories of testing, and in the new roof strength test manages to show good structural protection by supporting nearly five times its weight.
The previous-generation, pre-2011 S60, surprisingly, hadn't earned the distinction, as it was rated just 'acceptable' for side impact protection.
In addition to top crash-test scores, a vehicle must also offer electronic stability control to be a Top Safety Pick. The 2011 S60 has that, of course, in addition to some standout safety features, including a Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake feature, plus available Driver Alert Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning.
The test results also apply to the 2012 S60 model, announced late last year, which adds an S60 T5 front-wheel-drive version with a 250-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and many of the same features of the T6.