Safest small family car: Volvo V40

26 Jul, 2013 3:30pm

Volvo has been first to introduce a raft of important safety developments down the years and the latest V40 builds on the company’s reputation for protecting its customers.

The V40 faces stiff competition in the compact executive sector but it has the measure of the latest Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Volkswagen Golf thanks to a near-perfect 98 per cent score for adult protection, while its raft of technological features ensure a 100 per cent Safety Assist score. Best of all, the Volvo can mix it with class leaders on the road, too, and its classy interior, smart looks and competitive prices make it a serious alternative to the usual prestige brands.

Company car buyers will appreciate the Volvo’s CO2 emissions, which start as low as 94g/km for the ultra-efficient D2 model. If you want something with a bit more performance, the 175bhp D4 diesel can sprint from 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds yet still promises fuel economy of 54.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 136g/km.

The racy R-Design model adds sporty looks while the Cross-Country adds the raised ride height of a crossover model, so there really is a Volvo V40 for every scenario.

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Not an entirely accurate comparison - the Volvo V40 and VW Golf are not directly comparable, according to Euro NCAP, due to the Volvos considerable extra weight.
Despite this, the Golf is only just pipped on points yet has a number of advanced safety features which Euro NCAP have not awarded points for - such as VW's Multi Collision Brake & Proactive Occupant Protection.

If you have children, the Golf is, by some margin, the safer car for child occupants, which I guess is what most people looking for a small family car would be interested in.

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