Safety is one area where the 2008 Volvo S60 does not fall behind the competition, though it is not as feature-rich as Volvo’s new platforms such as the S80 and related V70.
In the NHTSA’s frontal impact crash testing, the S60 earned four out of five stars for both driver and front passenger. For side impact crash protection, it earned five out of five stars for both front and rear. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing yielded the top “good” rating for the S60 overall and an “acceptable” rating for side-impact testing.
The Auto Channel lauds the S60’s “full complement of standard safety equipment,” which includes three-point belts with pyrotechnic pretensioners, whiplash-protection seats, front seat side impact airbags, front-to-rear side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and Volvo’s OnCall telematics.
Edmunds mentions “rear parking assist is optional.” And Popular Mechanics remarks on Volvo’s “safety cage design,” featuring the front and rear crumple zones Volvo helped introduce to the auto industry decades ago, as well as side-impact door guard beams that are now taken nearly for granted in automotive design.