Outstanding results in latest safety tests

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Eight new cars have been crash tested by independent safety testers Euro NCAP, with all eight vehicles scoring a maximum five-star rating.

The Citroën C3 Aircross, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Vauxhall Crossland X, Volvo XC60, Volkswagen T-Roc and Polo, Škoda Karoq and SEAT Arona all achieved a five-star result in an excellent round of tests.

The Volvo XC60 mid-size SUV achieved the highest score of any car tested in 2017, equalling the best-ever results of its bigger sibling, the XC90. Matthew Avery, director of research at the UK’s own Thatcham Research, praised the Swedish company for its safety efforts.

“It’s exceedingly rare for a vehicle to score so favourably across the board,” said Avery. “The adult occupant protection result for the Volvo XC60 is one of the best on record. But it’s in active safety that Volvo is really maintaining its lead. The XC60’s standard-fit safety technologies are excellent – or rather those that we were able to test, as its Turn Across Path and Run off Road systems are not yet a feature of the Euro NCAP programme. That’s how high the Volvo XC60 is above the bar set by Euro NCAP.”

Of the eight cars tested in this latest round, six are equipped as standard with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), which leading safety experts consider the most important new safety technology in decades. The Vauxhall Crossland X and Citroën C3 Aircross do not have AEB as standard but offer it as an option, and still achieved a five-star score even without AEB as standard.

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Stuart Masson
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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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  1. Whilst I applaud the principle of all safety standards it should be known widely that if the seat belt is not ‘worn’ as RoSPA (& NHTSA in the USA) advise, any 5* crash test will, in realty be no more than 2-3*. Seat belt syndrome is well documented and it is estimated that over 90% of drivers have 1″ or more slack in the lap belt. This is not how the cars are crash tested and not as RoSPA recommend (making the crash testing academic). There should be NO SLACK in the seat belt to assure optimal seat belt function. The industry continues to hide behind the 5* safety ‘badge’ but if people knew the facts about proper seat belt placement, they would be sure to ensure the lap belt is properly tensioned over the pelvis and not the stomach, (where internal bruising can occur and at higher collision speeds full ‘submarining’ under the seat belt can make airbags and crumple zones of little use to the victim). Please do some good Stuart and help educate drivers/passengers so they can gain a real safety advantage from the tests.

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