In the first results for 2017, the Volvo S90 (above) and V90 achieved the top 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests, while Ford's Mustang was awarded just two, writes Brian Byrne.
The high level of standard-fit safety technologies, including autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian protection lifted the Volvos into the top scores beyond any model tested last year. The company's products are now the top three scoring cars ever in Euro NCAP.
The Mustang lost out with concerns about crash protection of adults and children in the car, as well as the removal of the Forward Collision Warning system on European versions. Specifically, airbags on the Mustang didn't inflate enough to properly restrain the occupants, and a lack of seatbelt pre-tensioners in the rear left back seat occupants open to abdominal injuries.
Ford says a face-lifted Mustang going on sale later this year will have improved technology, already available to US buyers of the car.