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SAFETY FIRST – Volvo XC40

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Volvo's new XC40 compact crossover has achieved a Euro NCAP score of 5 stars - joining its larger siblings in the 60 and 90 series as one of the safest cars in the world.

Last year, the XC60 was crowned the overall best-performing large off-roader and the best overall performer in the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards. The XC90 received the same accolade in 2015.

The 2018 Euro NCAP testing was the toughest ever with new and more demanding challenges on safety technology, including cyclist-detection with auto-brake and emergency lane keeping systems. Overall, the new XC40 received the highest safety score among all cars tested under the new and more stringent evaluation system.

"The new XC40 is one of the safest cars on the market," said Malin Ekholm, head of Volvo Cars Safety Centre. "It comes standard with the most comprehensive offering of safety technology of any small SUV, helping drivers detect and avoid collisions, remain safely in their lane and reduce the impact of accidentally running off the road."

Volvo has priced the luxurious XC40 - the current European Car of the Year - from R489 536, as it goes up against rivals like the BMW X2, the Jaguar E-Pace, the Audi Q2, the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and the Range Rover Evoque to name a few.

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