The 2008 Volvo XC90 scores well in crash tests and has a raft of standard and optional safety gear.
The XC90 Volvo scores five-star crash ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is a Top Safety Pick, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The NHTSA also awards the XC90 a four-star rating for rollover resistance.
There are many reasons why the 2008 Volvo XC90 rates so high in safety. Kelley Blue Book notes, "Volvo takes particular pride in the XC90's reinforced roof design, which can provide an added measure of security in the event of a rollover accident." Edmunds reports that safety options on the Volvo XC90 include "power child safety locks, adaptive headlights and Volvo's Blind Spot Information System." Other standard safety gear includes front side and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, stability and traction control, roll-stability control, and a rollover protection system.
Among the safety options, Edmunds praises "the center position in the second row [which] has an integrated child booster cushion that slides forward, allowing easier access to children in the back," and notes the Blind Spot Information System. Known as BLIS, "this bit of technology monitors vehicles entering the XC90's blind spots and warns the driver via indicator lights."