The 2009 Volvo S80 gets a perfect 10 for safety from editors at TheCarConnection.com, a tribute to its excellent safety pedigree.
Safety has been a high priority with Volvo since it started building automobiles—and the 2009 Volvo S80 definitely benefits. Cars.com reports that the Volvo S80 continues this tradition with "breakthrough safety gizmos we hadn't seen until very recently." MotherProof explains that "since the early 1970s, a Volvo Traffic Accident Research Team has been on call 24 hours a day to immediately respond to the site of Volvos involved in an accident within their immediate vicinity." The reviewer appreciates the importance placed on collecting "data on how the vehicles performed in real-world crashes, including researching police and medical records in conjunction with the accident."
This year's Volvo S80 receives the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick, scoring the highest ratings in front, side, and rear crash tests, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives this 2009 Volvo five stars in every crash test. Cars.com points out that "no other luxury cars in the segment managed that feat."
Kelley Blue Book reports the Volvo S80 has, as standard safety features, "anti-whiplash (WHIPS) and side-impact protection (SIPS) systems, Dynamic Traction and Stability Control, anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake Assistance and front, front-side and side-curtain airbags." J.D. Power notes that the 2009 Volvo S80 offers additional protection for occupants in the event of a collision with "a transversely mounted inline-6 powerplant—an uncommon engine arrangement, but a necessary contributor to the high safety ratings the S80 earned." ConsumerGuide is impressed by the optional adaptive cruise control with radar assist that "can ready maximum braking force if a collision is imminent."
Edmunds praises the 2009 Volvo's optional Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which "uses warning lights mounted on the A-pillars to alert the driver when another vehicle pulls up in the S80's blind spot."