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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
“full complement of standard safety equipment”
The Auto Channel
“Good” overall rating
Four of five stars, driver and passenger frontal impact
Though the S60 is not as feature-rich as Volvo’s newer S80 and V70, the 2009 Volvo S60 has most of the same safety-feature content.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing yielded the top “good” rating for the S60 overall and an “acceptable” rating for side-impact testing. In 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.
The 2009 S60 has a “full complement of standard safety equipment,” says The Auto Channel, including 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.
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. And Edmunds mentions, “rear parking assist is optional.”
Safety is one area where the 2009 Volvo S60 does not fall behind the competition.