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2017 Volvo S60

Midsize luxury car
2016 Volvo S60 shown
2016 Volvo S60 shown
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

Headlights
A
only certain
trims

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2014
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2013
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2012
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2011-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Volvo S60 was redesigned for the 2011 model year. The small overlap frontal crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the S60, known as the Volvo V60, introduced in the 2015 model year.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior below 10 cm and maximum intrusion of the upper interior of 7 cm.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid left into a gap in coverage between the frontal and side curtain airbags, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure and outside objects, despite good stability of the steering column. This gap is mainly due to a combination of the narrow, asymmetric frontal airbag and a curtain airbag that doesn't extend sufficiently forward. The side torso airbag deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2012 Volvo S60 T5 4-door
Weight 3,560 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 182 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 2.5 L turbocharged 5-cylinder
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1207
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 8
Footrest (cm) 5
Left toepan (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm) 0
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Upper dash (cm) 6
Lower instrument panel (cm) 5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1207
Head
HIC-15 86
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 16
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.45
Right 0.54
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.8
Right 0.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 42
Right 39

Applies to 2011-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Volvo S60 was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Moderate overlap ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volvo as part of frontal crash test verification.

The moderate overlap frontal crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the S60, known as the Volvo V60, introduced in the 2015 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. Both side curtain airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2011 Volvo S60 4-door
Weight 3,578 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 182 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 2.5 L turbocharged 5-cylinder
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1017
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1
Left (cm) 1
Center (cm) 2
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -8
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1017
Head
HIC-15 329
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 4
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.1
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.27
Maximum tibia index - right 0.57
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 42
Right 51

Applies to 2011-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Volvo S60 was redesigned for the 2011 model year. The side crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the S60, known as the Volvo V60, introduced in the 2015 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2012 Volvo S60 T5 4-door
Weight 3,516 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 182 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 2.5 L turbocharged 5-cylinder
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1106
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-15.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1106
Head HIC-15 94
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 25
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.68
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.83
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.8
Combined force (kN) 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 124
A-P moment (Nm) 16

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1106
Head HIC-15 434
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 44
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.56
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.52
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.9
Combined force (kN) 1.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 249
A-P moment (Nm) 27

Applies to 2011-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,563 lbs
Peak force 17,650 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.95
Tested vehicle
Rating applies to both the Volvo S60 4-door sedan (tested) and the structurally similar Volvo V60 station wagon.
2012 Volvo S60 T5 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2011-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

All Seats

How this test is conducted

Seat type All Seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 7
Distance below top of head (mm) 11
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 8.4
Head contact time (ms) 81
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 42
Max neck tension (N) 245

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Optional Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection
  • Standard City Safety

Package name

  • Optional Technology Package or Standard on Inscription, Platinum, and R-Design Trims

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
5 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 14 mph.
2 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2013-17 models

System details

  • Standard City Safety

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 2 mph.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • Dynamic trim equipped with Technology package
  • Polestar trim
  • Inscription trim equipped with Technology package
  • Inscription Platinum trim
  • R-Design trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Dynamic trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Inscription trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Dynamic trim equipped with Technology package
  • Polestar trim
  • Inscription trim equipped with Technology package
  • Inscription Platinum trim
  • R-Design trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
A
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 71.8 m None
Straightaway left edge 55.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 91.8 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 56.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 75.8 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 145.4 m
Straightaway left edge 108.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 93.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 73.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 76.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 63.5 m

Trim level(s)
  • Dynamic trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
A
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 71.8 m None
Straightaway left edge 55.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 91.8 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 56.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 75.8 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 145.4 m
Straightaway left edge 108.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 93.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 73.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 76.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 63.5 m

Trim level(s)
  • Inscription trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 56.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 31.8 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 42.5 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 34.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 36.5 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 31.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 171.8 m
Straightaway left edge 141.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 59.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 55.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 48.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.1 m

Applies to 2015-17 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim T5 Premier
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 19
Clearance angle (degrees) 60
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 32
Clearance angle (degrees) 59
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 26
Clearance angle (degrees) 60
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 25
Clearance angle (degrees) 62
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover (beginning with 2013 models)
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights

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