2017 Volvo XC60: Is The Compact SUV The Safest Car In The World?

By Edge Ison , Mar 31, 2017 05:53 AM EDT

The new Volvo XC60 is pushing itself as one of the safest vehicles on the road once it is released. The reason behind its claim to fame is a new technology that automatically stops and steers the Volvo in case it encounters some obstacles.

According to Car Buyer, the 2017 Volvo XC60 utilizes the new Steer Assist technology to steer clear of obstacles. It also has the so-called Oncoming Lane Mitigation technology that decreases the risk of head-on collisions and lane-changing collisions. Another new feature of the XC60 is the Pilot Assist which is the car company's own semi-autonomous driving assistance system. The almost self-driving Volvo can manoeuver itself out of harm's way with the help of Pilot Assist's adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert. The Pilot Alert feature also has blind-spot warnings and can also help mitigate rear collisions. In summary, the 2017 Volvo XC60 is safe to use because the semi-self-driving system helps the driver speed up to 80 miles per hour, stop when necessary, and steer properly.

The XC60 is not just about safety. U.S.News & World Report noted that it ranks 11 on the list of the 14 top Luxury Compact SUVs. What makes it one of the best SUVs around is its fuel-efficiency and for having the largest overall cargo volume among its class. That is, of course, aside from having top-notch safety scores.

Production for the Volvo XC60 will commence in mid-April and will be made available soon after. Each unit will cost $41,000 to $51,000. The demand for the previous XC60 fell by 1.7 percent last year but with the new safety features of the 2017 Volvo XC60, the demand is expected to be better.

Volvo's self-driving system is not only used on its luxury vehicles. The company is also working with Daimler and FedEx in developing self-driving trucks. Volvo already tested its autonomous construction truck in an underground mine and the results were on its favor.

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