Range Rover Evoque takes five-star safety honours

Autonomous Emergency Braking boosts safety score.

The new Range Rover Evoque has earned a top five-star rating from safety body Euro NCAP.

In a series of crash tests conducted by the independent safety body the latest second-generation version of the compact SUV scored 94% for adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupants, 72% in pedestrian safety and 73% for its suite of safety technology.

Euro NCAP commended the Evoque for progress made over the first-generation car’s pedestrian safety rating, following the standard inclusion of autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

Also tested was the Citroën C5 Aircross, receiving a four-star rating in its standard guise, increased to five stars with the optional inclusion of the Safety+ Pack. This pack is available on all but entry-level versions of the French SUV in the UK market, and adds autonomous emergency braking plus cyclist detection to the car.

With the pack fitted, the C5 Aircross achieved an 89% score for adult occupant protection, 86% in child occupant safety, 67% for pedestrians and 82% for the level of assistance technology included.

Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen commented that the results show that car manufacturers are still keen and able to achieve the highest safety ratings. “It is especially encouraging to see the continued widespread deployment and improvement of advanced technologies such as AEB and lane support,” he said.

“It is good news that some of the basic driver assist technologies will finally be mandated from 2022, but thankfully most vehicle manufacturers are already way ahead of the curve today.”

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.


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