The new Volvo V40 will be given a lower insurance rating following extensive testing of the model's City Safety technology at the renowned industry research centre in Thatcham
The new Volvo V40 will be given a lower insurance rating following extensive testing of the model's City Safety technology at the renowned industry research centre in Thatcham, Berkshire. Depending on model, the V40 range will now be given an insurance rating two to three groups lower under the new criteria.
Thatcham's Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, put Volvo's own version of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), known as City Safety, fitted as standard on the V40, through its rigorous testing procedure. It concluded the technology was so effective at preventing low speed accidents that it should therefore be taken into consideration when deciding the insurance group. Volvo's City Safety low-speed collision avoidance system operates at speeds up to 31 mph on the V40 (currently 19mph on other Volvo models), keeps an eye on traffic in front and automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops - or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast.
Currently, only the V40 has been tested although the majority of Volvo models, with the exception of XC90, C30 and C70, fit AEB as standard. Volvo V40 has also received the top rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP collision test. The overall result is the best ever recorded by the institute.