2019 Volvo XC40 Earns Highest IIHS Safety Score

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However, you’ll need to add the $995 Advanced package on top of the $1,100 Vision pack.

The 2019 Volvo XC40 earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest safest award—Top Safety Pick Plus. However, only the models equipped with the optional curve-adaptive headlights earned top marks.

In order to earn the Top Safety Pick Plus award, the Volvo XC40 had to earn a Good rating in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; a Good or Acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test; Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention; a Good passenger-side rating; and a Good headlight rating.

The XC40 earned Good ratings across the board along with Superior-rated front crash prevention systems that are standard. However, only the optional curve-adaptive headlights earned a Good rating. The XC40’s static LED reflectors earned a Poor rating. The curve-adaptive headlights are part of the $995 Advanced package that’s available from the entry-level Momentum trim. However, to get the Advance package, the Vision package is also needed for another $1,100. This raises the XC40’s base price to $36,790.

The curve-adaptive headlights work by turning as you steer through a curve, illumining the road ahead instead of illumination the side of the road. Front crash prevention systems include technologies such as forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. FCW will alert the driver if the vehicle is approaching an object too quickly while AEB works by bringing the vehicle to a complete stop in some situations, such as stop-and-go traffic when a driver may be distracted.

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Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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