V40 takes Co-op award

The Volvo V40 has been presented with the ‘Co-op Safe Used Car 2016’ award.

The inaugural Co-op Insurance award celebrates the safest used cars typically bought by families in the UK. Working in collaboration with safety experts Thatcham Research, Co-op Insurance awarded the trophy to the Volvo V40 with Driver Support Pack, which beat strong competition from the Volkswagen Golf and Nissan Qashqai to claim the title.

In order to be in the running for the award – which is the first to recognise safety in the UK used car market – all the cars had to have a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, CO2 emissions of 120 g/km or lower and be available to buy on the second-hand market for £15,000 or less. The cars were then evaluated further on their crash worthiness, which included ratings for adult, child and pedestrian protection, and the availability of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

The Volvo V40 received the top rating of five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2012, and its overall scores are still the highest ever recorded by the safety assessment institute.

James Hillon, director of products at Co-op Insurance, said, ‘At the Co-op, we are keen to help educate people not only about car safety, but about what they should be thinking about before they even set foot on a car forecourt.

‘The Volvo V40 was awarded the accolade because it is a perfect example of a reasonably priced car that has a large number of safety features as standard, even on older models. It has a five-star Euro NCAP rating and provides good protection in a crash for the driver and front passenger, as well as children. Where it really shines, though, is in the standard of collision-avoidance technology available.’