The new Volvo V40 has received the top rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP collision test.
There are four categories in the current Euro NCAP test, adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist.
The Volvo V40 scored 98% adult occupant, 75% child occupant, 88% pedestrian protection and 100% safety assist, which is the best ever recorded by the institute.
To give you some kind of comparison when the current Ford Focus was tested it also scored five stars overall and was awarded 92% adult occupant, 82% child occupant, 72% pedestrian protection and 71% safety assist – whilst offering a better child occupant rating – the Volvo V40 scored more overall.
The Volvo V40 rating was aided by the use of active safety systems such as Auto Brake, Lane Keeping Aid which helps the driver stay within their lane, and BLIS which helps the driver detect vehicles in the offset rear ‘blind spot'.
Pedestrian protection is aided by a ‘pedestrian airbag’ which deploys on contact with a pedestrian. A pyrotechnical charge releases the bonnet hinges and elevates the bonnet with the help of an airbag. The inflated airbag's cushioning effect combined with the increased distance to the hard components in the engine compartment help protect the pedestrian's head in any impact. The Euro NCAP description of the system says, among other things, that "the system worked well, the bonnet offering good protection in all areas likely to be struck by a pedestrian's head, making the V40 the first car to score maximum points in this area."Published 29 August 2012