One might say that any report on Volvo's safety should be a part of Captain Obvious' notes, but you really can't feel the Volvo V40 Cross Country's protection aura until you get behind the wheel.
From the driver's seat, you'll feel protected, but never in a way that takes away the pleasure of driving. As far as the driving is concerned, it never tries to educate you, it only discreetly sets the correct dose for anything, so that you can drive it again and again.
The V40 T5 Cross Country we drove is especially interesting, since it doubles the aforementioned principles with the asset of always being there for you when you need some go. More importantly, it is the only Cross Country model with all-wheel drive.
The Euro NCAP structures were probably eager to tear the Volvo V40 apart when this arrived, but it was a sad they for them, as this would become one of the safest cars to have ever crashed into them.
The five-star rating is accompanies by a 98 percent score for adult occupant protection and a 75 percent for child occupant protection. Of course, there are also other cars that reach this point, but most of them go slightly downwards from here, whereas the Volvo V40 keeps its back straight. For example, this is one of the few vehicles that offers Good protection in the rather harsh side pole impact test. An important role here was played by Volvo’s Side Impact Protection System (SIPS
). This directs the force of the crash away from the passengers and into the structure of the car.
What’s more, it gets an 88 percent rating for pedestrian protection and a 100 percent rating for the driver safety assist.
When it comes to the active and passive safety technologies that made the aforementioned ratings possible, we'll focus on Volvo's new developments for the V40.
We got to play with Volvo's City Safety, which helps avoid rear-end urban crashes, when we drove the XC60. Well, Volvo went through the hassle of analyzing insurance claims on the model, noticed that the system really made a difference and, for the V40, made it better. City Safety now works up to 31 mph (50 km/h) compared to 30 km/h (19 mph).
And in case you've wondered why those utilitarian-looking windscreen washer nozzles
aren't hidden, it's because the space under the rear edge of the bonnet is occupied by an industry-first pedestrian airbag.
When times get rough, this inflates and not only protects the pedestrian’s head from hitting the hard points at the base of the windscreen, but also raises the bonnet, thus offering superior protection overall.
We tried mocking the car and even made fun of it in front of its friends, all in an attempt to make this airbag deploy, but it didn't work. Volvo.Continue reading