The safest large SUV in 2017

Volvo XC90 2017

You have a family and you want them to be safe, right? But when you need a seven-seat vehicle – a large SUV, for example – you don’t just buy any SUV, you want it to be the safest SUV you can get.

That’s why SUV Authority has trawled through hundreds of crash test results to bring you the safest large SUV in 2017.

The best large SUV for safety in 2017 was the Volvo XC90

Across four categories, the 2017 Volvo XC90 consistently scored highly, especially in the adult occupant and safety assist scores.

While tested in 2015, the Volvo XC90’s safety scores are still applicable, which is why in 2017 it still topped the list of large SUVs. And it does so today. Tested by the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP), you can see a video of the crash test below.

While the Audi Q7 came close, the XC90’s safety credentials are impeccable, as you’d expect from Volvo.

EuroNCAP Scores

Adult Occupant – 97%
Child Occupant – 87%
Pedestrian – 72%
Safety Assist – 100%

The tested vehicle was a 2015 Volvo XC90 D5 ‘Momentum’ trim level in left-hand-drive. Interestingly, in the EuroNCAP test, part of the curtain airbag didn’t deploy correctly, but Volvo fixed the issue with a new trim panel which allowed for full protection of all three rows.

The passenger cell remained stable in the frontal offset test, with crash-test-dummy readings indicating a good protection of the legs of both the driver and passenger.

Autonomous emergency braking is standard and operates from lower speeds, such as city driving – this is when many whiplash injuries happen. The AEB system scored maximum points in EuroNCAP’s tests, braking the car before a collision at all test speeds.

If you want the safest large SUV from 2017, the Volvo XC90 is the vehicle to go for.

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A passionate writer, editor and driver, Karl is the go-to man when it comes to four wheels. With stints in television, radio, print and online, Karl has been writing about cars for more than a decade. He drives around 100 vehicles every year and has tested everything from Bugattis to Suzukis. Sometimes on track, sometimes off-road, his focus is on producing objective journalism without fear or favour.

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