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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
“essentially designed to save drivers from themselves”
“more high-strength steel and improved side-impact reinforcement”
“Volvo's hallmark has been and remains safety”
The 2009 Volvo V70 hasn’t been crash-tested, but it shares the strong body and extensive safety features of the Volvo S80. Says Car and Driver, the S80 platform “means the same crash structure and the same safety equipment: front, side, and curtain airbags; anti-whiplash headrests; and panic brake assist.” Also standard are traction and stability control.
Kelley Blue Book touts the V70’s “powerful four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes” that “incorporate both Electronic Brake Assistance and anti-fade compensation circuitry.” Cars.com notes “the sides of the vehicle have been made stronger with high-tensile steel to help better withstand impact.”
Optional safety features include BLIS (blind-spot warning system), vehicle distance alert, and lane-departure warning system. And finally, there is the optional Personal Car Communicator included with keyless entry, which saves drivers from vehicular intruders by alerting them of a heartbeat pumping in their parked car. Of the optional safety features, Edmunds feels they “are essentially designed to save drivers from themselves.”
With the advent of this V70, Volvo is now worried about even the pedestrians; Road & Track points out the inclusion of “a soft structure ahead of the front bumper” to help reduce leg injuries. Motor Trend contends that “the biggest innovation” is the pair of integrated second-row child safety seats “designed to keep children in a booster seat for as long as possible.”
The 2009 Volvo V70 is loaded with safety features both active and passive, though crash-test scores aren’t available.