The latest results have been announced by the safety organisation, Euro NCAP.

The big news is that the Volvo V40 has scored 100% for safety assist and 98% for occupant protection for adults, giving it the best overall result ever recorded.

"A fantastic result. We are very proud to have one of the world's safest cars and we're taking yet another important step toward our 2020 target - that nobody should die or be seriously injured in a new Volvo," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Technical Advisor Safety at Volvo Car Corporation.

In the safety assist category, the Volvo V40 scored maximum points, helped by standard fitment of City Safety. This performs an automatic emergency stop if it detects an obstacle and operates at speeds of up to 31 mph, which is a higher speed than any competing car.

In the pedestrian protection category, the Volvo V40 set a new record, thanks to its unique pedestrian airbag. Sensors in the front of the car detect any contact with a pedestrian. A pyrotechnic charge releases the bonnet hinges and elevates the bonnet with the help of an airbag. The Euro NCAP description of the system says, among other things, that "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."

"We work continuously on improving the already high safety level of our cars through ongoing research into the reasons behind road accidents and by gaining in-depth understanding of the results of actual collisions," says Thomas Broberg.