Five-star safety ratings for seven new models

Top marks for Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Jaguar, Peugeot and Volvo


Seven new cars have been awarded five-star safety ratings from Euro NCAP, in a very positive end to the year for car manufacturers.

As we reported yesterday, Fiat and Jeep are in the safety doghouse after two of the worst-ever results in Euro NCAP history, but the news was much better for the rest of the field put through the crash-testing wringer.

The Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508, Volvo V60 and Volvo S60 all scored the maximum five-star rating, with some excellent results for driver protection, child protection and vulnerable road users.

BMW X5 after a pole test
The new BMW X5 scored five stars from Euro NCAP

Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s secretary general, said: “The Audi Q3, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60/S60 have set the standard against which others are judged this time, and other manufacturers could do well to follow their example.

“The I-Pace, especially, demonstrates that future vehicles will be good for the environment but also provide high levels of safety.”

After issuing a scathing criticism of Fiat and Jeep yesterday, Matthew Avery from the UK’s Thatcham Research was full of praise for the latest five-star cars: “These six carmakers take a more consistent approach to safety across their model range, and all have made a conscious decision to meet the standards set by Euro NCAP’s toughest tests.

“The Audi Q3, Jaguar I Pace, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60 are all amongst the ten safest cars produced in 2018, with the BMW X5 and Hyundai Santa Fe not far behind.”

Five stars for the new Peugeot 508
Five stars from Euro NCAP for the new Peugeot 508

Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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