The new Volvo V40 is set to be given a lower insurance rating thanks to Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)/City Safe, which is fitted as standard across the range.
Thatcham's Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre tested the Volvo V40 – concluding that the technology was so effective at preventing low speed accidents that it should therefore be taken into consideration when deciding the insurance group. Depending on model, the V40 line-up will now be given an insurance rating two to three groups lower under the new criteria.
Volvo's City Safety low-speed collision avoidance system operates at speeds up to 31 mph on the V40 (currently 19mph on other Volvo models), keeping an eye on traffic in front and automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops - or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast. City Safety was first fitted as standard to all Volvo XC60 models, when the model launched in 2008. Following its success in reducing accidents and injury, Volvo took the decision to fit City Safety as standard to all subsequent new models.
Fortunately for all road users Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is becoming more common and Euro NCAP will include AEB in their safety assessments from 2014, which hopefully will help encourage vehicle manufacturers to fit AEB systems as standard.
Currently, only the V40 has been tested although the majority of Volvo models, with the exception of XC90, C30 and C70, fit AEB as standard. Volvo V40 has also received the top rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP collision test. The overall result is the best ever recorded by the institute.Published 2 October 2012