Volvo Deliberately Crashed The New XC40 To Show How Safe It Is

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The Volvo XC40 has yet to be put through official crash tests. So Volvo did one of its own.

Swedish automaker Volvo is synonymous with safety. We even have Volvo to thank for the invention of the three-point seat belt in 1959. Nowadays, modern cars are equipped with advanced driver assists like lane departure warnings, steering assistance and automatic braking to help prevent accidents happening altogether, and the compact Volvo XC40 is no exception. Accidents will never be completely avoidable, but despite its smaller size, no compromises have been made to the XC40's structure to help protect occupants in a crash.

The XC40 hasn't been put through official crash tests by Euro NCAP and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety yet. Knowing that it will take some time before the XC40 gets an official safety assessment, Volvo decided to conduct its own internal crash test during the compact SUV's development at the Volvo Safety Center to uphold its reputation.

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During a side impact crash at 31 mph replicating Euro NCAP's tests, the crash test dummy was well protected by seat-mounted and curtain airbags and properly restrained by seat belts, thus reducing the risk of injury in a real-life crash. Cabin intrusion appears to be very minimal, and the curtain airbag even helps divert flying shards of glass away from the driver. Volvo has a history of conducting its own crash tests, even rolling over an XC60 to show how remarkably rigid the roof is. As standard, the new XC40 comes equipped with several advanced driver assists including Pilot Assist, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation Cross Traffic alert with brake support, and a 360 degree to help with parking.

It's reassuring to see that the XC40 is living up to Volvo's claim as the safest small SUV on the planet. We would be very surprised if it doesn't score top marks from crash test specialists like its bigger brothers, the XC60 and XC90.

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