Euro NCAP crash test results prove Volvo V40 amongst safest cars ever

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Canada's Volvo dealers would love to be able to tout the brand's new V40's recently announced credentials as one of the safest cars ever tested in the European NCAP, but little good it will do them as the brand walked away from the compact sedan and wagon segment in two of the three North American markets (it's heading to Mexico), leaving only its small C30 hatchback to do battle in the hotly contested compact premium segment.

Too bad, as the new V40 is not only one of the safest cars anywhere, achieving the highest adult occupant rating ever at 98-percent and a 5-star rating as a result, but it has been lauded by the automotive press as one of the best-looking Volvos to come down the pike in some time. In a press release, Volvo cites that "its holistic approach, a strong structure and systems such as the WHIPS whiplash protection system form the basis for the excellent result."

"A fantastic result," said Thomas Broberg, Senior Technical Advisor Safety at Volvo Car Corporation. "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."

As part of the Euro NCAP rating process, the V40 underwent testing in three additional categories including child occupant safety, pedestrian safety and safety assist, in which it was rated highly in two and not as well in one. An 88-percent score for pedestrian safety is very strong, much to do with the car's innovative frontal airbag system that mounts an airbag beneath the V40's hood, which if sensing contact with a pedestrian, inflates the rear portion of the hood to soften impact and minimize injury.

The V40 also scored very well in the safety assist category due to a variety of active safety systems.

"The new Volvo V40 was launched as the most intelligent and the safest car in its segment, and it is truly packed with active safety systems such as auto brake, Pedestrian Detection to shield pedestrians, Lane Keeping Aid which helps the driver stay within his or her lane, and BLIS which helps the driver detect vehicles in the offset rear 'blind spot'," added Broberg.

The only Euro NCAP grade rated as merely acceptable might be the worst for optics, however, as the V40 scored just 75-percent in child occupant protection. No doubt the brand will be looking for ways to improve the car's crash worthiness for kids.
"We work continuously on improving the already high safety level of our cars through ongoing research into the reasons behind road accidents and by gaining in-depth understanding of the results of actual collisions," continued Broberg.

Clearly, Volvo takes safety seriously. Now, if the Chinese-owned Swedish brand would only get serious about competing within the entire North American compact segment we too would have access to some of the safest new cars available.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hatchback, Volvo, 2013, V40, Compact,

Organizations: Volvo

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