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Vehicle Safety, 2014

When launched in 2012 the Volvo V40 received the top rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP collision test. The overall result is the best ever recorded by the institute.

The Volvo V40's protection for adults was also the best result ever recorded in a test, no less than 98%. During the development of the all-new Volvo V40, the goal was to build in the same safety level as in larger cars. The holistic approach, a strong structure and systems such as the WHIPS whiplash protection system, form the basis for the excellent result.

Volvo V40 was launched as the most intelligent and safe car in its segment. It is packed with active safety systems such as Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake, 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”.

Also in the pedestrian protection category the Volvo V40 sets a new record. One important factor here is the innovative unique pedestrian airbag. Sensors in the front of the car detect any 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 V40 is the first car to score maximum points in this area.”

The V40 is equipped with a pedestrian-detection AEB system as an option. This system applies the brakes independently of the driver if a pedestrian is likely to be struck by the car.