Volvo V40 D2 SE: safety first

  • Our V40 is currently the safest car you can buy
  • Impressive standard safety kit available
  • Offers peace of mind while out on the road

Many people may be surprised to learn that the Volvo V40 is the safest car currently available to buy in the UK.

Based on test results from safety body EuroNCAP, the V40 accumulated an overall score that beat all other cars thanks to its 98 percent adult occupant protection rating and a perfect score for its safety assist systems.

Safety is an important consideration for all car buyers and the V40’s impressive and industry-leading safety systems gives Volvo an edge when it comes to standing out against the competition.

Pedestrian Airbag

The V40 is the first car to include a pedestrian airbag

Some of the safety kit on our long term car is not only a first for Volvo, but also the first to be introduced here in the UK. Technology offered as standard includes the first pedestrian airbag system, designed to protect pedestrians from injury at collision speeds between 12mph and 31mph. It uses seven sensors around the front of the car to detect the type of impact, and then if the system interprets the object as a human leg it releases the bonnet hinges and releases the airbag.

Dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, curtain airbags, traction control and a speed limiter are also included as well as City Safety, Volvo's own version of Autonomous Emergency Braking which automatically applies the brakes if the driver fails to react in time at speeds of up to 31mph.

As a result of all this extra safety kit, the V40 has been given a lower insurance rating of either two or three groups dependant on the model you buy.

Also included on our long-term V40 is the optional Driver Support pack which costs £1,900. This may seem expensive but it offers excellent value for money as it includes technology such as collision warning with automatic braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, queue assist and lane keeping assist to name a few.

Safety

Latest safety kit brings lower insurance premiums

Peace of mind that you are driving the safest car currently available to buy is what you get while out on the road and that is something you cannot put a price on.

Active High Beam is one of our favourite features. Driving at night can be dangerous as visibility is greatly reduced, especially on country roads. Active High Beam automatically switches from high and low beam when on-coming traffic approaches, reducing driver fatigue.

The road sign recognition is a good tool too, although you shouldn’t completely trust it because it can pick up peripheral signs that may not apply to the road you are actually driving on.  

Even the best drivers in the world will become distracted and possibly sleepy if driving for long periods without a break and our V40 is kind enough to remind us of this, prompting us to take regular breaks when out on the road.

It is arguable that these systems can be a little over-cautious and the beeps and alerts can get a little annoying after a while, but you would never dream of turning them off - they could quite literally be the difference between life and death in avoiding an accident.

Look out for our next report where we square up the V40’s main rivals and see how our long-term car stacks up.

Mileage: 2380

Test MPG: 50.7