Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Volvo V40 2012

1.6 diesel 'Kinetic' , 5 door station wagon

Test Date: Aug 2012

Volvo V40 crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 98%
Child Occupant 75%
Pedestrian 88%
Safety Assist 100%

Compare with other cars in the Small Family Car category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Good
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings in the frontal test indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the front seat occupants. Volvo showed that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier impact, good protection was provided to all body areas and the car scored maximum points. Even in the more severe side pole test, maximum points were scored. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

The passenger airbag can be disabled by a Volvo dealer to allow a rearward-facing restraint to be used in that seating position. Alternatively, an airbag switch is available as an option, with clear information being provided to the driver about the status of the airbag. The dangers of using a rearward-facing restraint in the passenger seat without first disabling the airbag are clearly explained in the car.


The V40 is equipped with an under-bonnet airbag system. This detects when a pedestrian has been struck and lifts the bonnet to provide greater protection to the head. The airbag also covers the windscreen pillars to provide better protection in those areas. Volvo demonstrated that the system would operate over a range of speeds and would detect different pedestrian statures. The system worked well, the bonnet offering good protection in all areas likely to be struck by a pedestrian's head, making the V40 the first car to score maximum points in this area. The front edge of the bonnet provided poor protection in most areas tested while the bumper was predominantly good. 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.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment on the V40 and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A driver-set speed limitation device is also standard and was rewarded. A seatbelt reminder system is standard for the driver, passenger and rear seats.

applies to all V40s of the specification tested