S60 is one of only two models tested receiving a Good rating. S60 achieves the best structural result of all vehicles tested. The news release can be read here .
Some excerpts from IIHS's Press Release include:
- The Volvo S60 and Acura TL earn good ratings, while the Infiniti G earns acceptable
- The Acura TSX, BMW 3 series, Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen CC earn marginal rating
- The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS 250/350, Audi A4 and Lexus ES 350 earn poor
*All of these cars are 2012 models
Structurally,the Volvo S60 was best. With only a few inches of intrusion, the occupant compartment looked much the same as it did in a moderate overlap test. Reinforcement of the S60's upper rails and a steel cross member below the instrument panel helped to keep the safety cage intact. Volvo has performed similar small overlap tests as part of its vehicle safety development process since the late 1980s, taking the results into account when designing new models.
Survival space for the driver wasn't well maintained in the Lexus IS (far left) crash test. The A-pillar bent and the footwell collapsed as the left front wheel and tire were forced rearward. The dummy's feet were entrapped by intruding structures. Results for the Volvo S60 (near left) were very different. The S60's occupant compartment held up well, with only minor intrusion. The Lexus IS had up to 10 times as much occupant compartment intrusion as the Volvo.