The V40's unusually higih score is attributed to several key safety features.

The Euro NCAP, Europe's rough equivalent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has announced that the 2013 Volvo V40 is the safest car that it has ever tested.

The Euro NCAP looks at all new cars from four different angles: adult occupant protection, child protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist. With a five-star overall rating, the V40 scored 98, 75, 88 and 100 percent in each of the respective categories.

A spokesman for the Euro NCAP explained that the V40's unusually high score is largely attributed to several key safety features, including an innovative airbag that deploys from under the hood in case of a collision with a pedestrian.

Another system that helped the V40 achieve its record-breaking score is Volvo's City Assist emergency braking system, which automatically stops the car if it senses that a collision is imminent. It works at speeds of up to 31 mph, more than most other similar systems.

As can be expected Volvo is thrilled with the V40's crash test results.

"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 Volvo," said Thomas Broberg, Senior Technical Advisor Safety at Volvo Car Corporation.