Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Volvo S70 1998

2.0/2.5 10V HLD , 4 door saloon

Test Date: Mar 2000

Volvo S70 crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
7 (44.0%)
18 (100.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 2 Stars
Pedestrian-test score 18 (50.0%)

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The Volvo's performance was almost good enough to earn it a fourth star when first tested in 1998. This car gained full marks in the side-impact test, (a commendation for Volvo's SIPS protection system) and it easily passes legislation taking effect from October. This performance was not fully matched by the protection given to occupants in the frontal impact, however - the driver's legs and feet were inadequately protected. And the absence of a knee bolster (a production omission) meant a frontal impact re-test was allowed. In the pedestrian tests, head protection was good but it proved poor for legs. When Euro NCAP decided to include a pole test in its crash assessment protocols, Volvo commissioned one such test to prove that the head-protecting airbag, fitted as standard on S70s from the 1998 model year, would satisfy the test requirements. The car did just that. The improvement in occupant protection for side impact that the test demonstrated now earns the S70 the coveted four-star rating. The airbag tested is a seat-mounted thorax device that has an upper chamber to provide protection for the head.

Driver head - Adequate
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Marginal Driver left femur - Marginal
Driver right lower leg - Weak Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Weak Driver left foot - Weak
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Marginal
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good, Pole test - Pass
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor