• Euro NCAP awards Volvo V40 the best results ever given
• Adult occupant protection higher than any other car tested
• V40 features world-first pedestrian airbag


The new Volvo V40 has been awarded a full five-star rating by automotive safety authority Euro NCAP.

The new hatchback has also received the highest overall result for safety ever recorded by the institute, based on the new testing procedure introduced in 2009.

Under the new method, cars are tested under four separate categories: adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist.

The V40 scored 98 per cent in adult occupant protection – another record score; the car’s strong structure and systems such as WHIPS whiplash protection forming the basis for robust passenger security.

With Volvo having already received Euro NCAP’s Advanced Award for its City Safety system, it’s perhaps no surprise that the V40 scores maximum points in the safety assist category, which assesses a car’s on-board safety systems. With a comprehensive list of electronic aids, including auto brake, pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Aid and BLIS blind-spot monitoring, the V40 is a class leader in the field.

A world-first pedestrian airbag also helped the V40 score big in the pedestrian protection category. Upon detecting a collision, pyrotechnic charges raise the bonnet and an airbag fills the newly created void. The idea is to provide cushioning and to distance the bonnet from hard engine components to mitigate impact injuries, particularly to the head.

Thomas Broberg, Senior Technical Advisor for Safety at Volvo Cars, said: “We are very proud to have one of the world’s safest cars and we’re taking yet another important step toward our 2020 target – that nobody should die or be seriously injured in a Volvo.”

The Volvo V40 is in showrooms now, priced from £19,745 on the road.

By Daljinder Nagra

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