Volvo designs the 2009 V50 with the same active and passive safety features found on many of its newer platforms, although surprisingly, its crash-test record isn't perfect.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the S40 “good” across all measures for its frontal offset test. We expect the V50 to perform similarly when it is tested. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the S40 scores four stars for the driver and five for the passenger in frontal crash tests. It scores five stars for side impact testing for both front and rear seat passengers.
Hazard lights automatically engage any time the airbags are deployed. And with standard EBL (Emergency Brake Light) functionality, the brighter LED rear lights flash rapidly in a panic braking situation. Standard active safety features include side impact and side curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control, and tire pressure monitoring.
Building on the foundation of what Volvo dubs “Intelligent Vehicle Architecture,” it seems the company has attempted to include “the levels of safety found in the flagship S80 luxury sedan,” according to MyRide.com. That means four grades of steel in the front structure “to create optimal crumple zones” (Car and Driver) and “extremely rigid cross members for side-impact protection” (Kelley Blue Book).
Volvo’s BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), “which lights an indicator just inboard of either of the V50’s side mirrors when a car occupies its corresponding blind spot,” according to Cars.com, is a stand-alone option. Self-steering bi-xenon headlamps are available in T5 models.