2021 Volvo XC40  RealSafeCars88Safety Rating

#23 of 2021 SUVs

#33 of all 2021 vehicles

Pictured: 2020 Volvo XC40
The XC40, which Volvo introduced in 2018, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. The Volvo XC40 has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). Volvo offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2021 Volvo XC40 is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Volvo XC40 has a score of 88, implying a 0.032% chance of driver death (2.9% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Volvo XC40 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.032% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.6598%, meaning the average driver has a 0.032% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.6598% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Volvo XC40 is 31% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 Volvo XC40 is 21% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Volvo's IntelliSafe active safety features can protect loved ones by reducing accident severity and preventing accidents. Active safety systems that are standard on the Volvo XC40 include: Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System, and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).

Safety features can still make a vehicle safer, even if not as flashy as emergency automatic braking. Standard Cornering Headlights / Leveling Head Lamps better illuminate the road ahead --- the lights point towards the direction that the vehicle is heading. Standard Automatic High Beams on the 2021 Volvo XC40 automatically switches off high beams headlights when another vehicle is nearby.

And it is safer than many comparable models.

9273BMW X1BMW X2Lexus NXKia SorentoVolkswagen GTILincoln CorsairAcura RDXAlfa Romeo GiuliaAudi Q3Volvo XC40Ford EdgeBMW 2 SeriesComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Volvo XC40 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 73 to 92. The 2021 Volvo XC40 is safer than the 2021 BMW X1, the 2021 BMW X2, the 2021 Lexus NX, the 2021 Kia Sorento, the 2021 Volkswagen GTI, the 2021 Lincoln Corsair, and the 2021 BMW 2 Series. It is about as safe as the 2021 Ford Edge, the 2021 Audi Q3, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia, and the 2021 Acura RDX.

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