The video above shows the Volvo XC90 undergoing Euro NCAP’s stringent battery of tests, and the latest Swedish SUV passed with flying colours, earning five stars for its solid all round safety results.

Tests included a frontal impact that takes place at 64 km/h, with 40% of the width of the car striking a deformable barrier. In the full width test, 100% of the width of the car impacts a rigid barrier at 50 km/h. While in terms of the pole test, the car is propelled sideways at 32 km/h into a rigid pole.

For AEB Inter-Urban systems, Euro NCAP evaluates the automatic braking and forward collision warning functions in three different driving scenarios: driving towards a stationary vehicle (30-80 km/h), closing in at a slower vehicle in front (30-80 km/h) and following a car in front which suddenly starts braking (50 km/h, gentle and harsh braking).

The Volvo XC90 scored 97% for adult occupant safety, 87% for child occupant safety, 72% for pedestrian safety and 100% for safety assist systems. These scores are slightly higher than those achieved by the Audi Q7, a similar class of vehicle recently tested by Euro NCAP.

The full Euro NCAP report highlights a certain glaring issue, as a side curtain airbag failed to deploy as its rearmost edge during the side pole test. Volvo subsequently modified the trim panel to allow the airbag to deploy as intended. Another issue the report had was with the lack of protection to pedestrians in the pelvic region. Nonetheless, its bumper, windscreen and overall autonomous emergency braking system that recognises pedestrians and cyclists scored top marks.