‘Safest car in the world’ scored nearly perfect in crash test

The Volvo XC60 is the safest car money can buy, according to latest crash tests.

The large family SUV scored a full five stars on the Euro NCAP ratings – and nearly hit 100 percent in two categories.

The $40,000 car was praised for its protection of passengers in a head-on crash and a classic side smash.

Front and side airbags meant dummies suffered very little impact with the bulky structure of the SUV absorbing the impact.

Passengers were unlikely to suffer whiplash, too, thanks to clever seatbelt tech that stops the neck from snapping forward.

The 98 percent adult occupant rating topped any other car tested in 2017 and the 87 percent for child protection was one of the highest on record, too.

The 2017 model is also loaded with safety tech like lane assist and auto emergency braking as standard – and that helps it score 95 percent in safety assist.

The crash report said: “In both the side barrier test and the more severe side pole impact, protection of critical body areas was good and the XC60 scored maximum points.”

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