Safety credentials of some of the latest cars to reach UK showrooms have been given a massive thumbs-up, after five new models scored top marks during extensive crash tests.
The new Volkswagen Arteon, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, SEAT Ibiza, Vauxhall Insignia and Hyundai i30 all received the maximum five stars from vehicle safety assessors Euro NCAP.
Elsewhere, Honda’s tenth-generation Civic hatchback picked up four stars, while Ford’s Mustang muscle car received three after scoring just two earlier this year.
VW’s Arteon – which replaces the Passat-based CC – performed well in all areas of assessment to become the highest-scoring executive vehicle for pedestrian protection to date.
Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio SUV also did exceptionally well in adult occupant protection, with a near-perfect 97 per cent score – matching competitors like Volvo’s super safety-conscious XC90 from 2015.
SEAT’s Ibiza stood out for its above-and-beyond level of safety equipment. While the supermini’s rivals tend to offer autonomous braking as an optional extra, the Ibiza’s range of safety spec, which includes pedestrian detection, is included as standard, pushing it to a well-deserved five-star rating.
Commenting on SEAT’s exceptional effort, Euro NCAP’s secretary general Michiel van Ratingen said the safety of Europe’s roads can only benefit from these new technologies.
“It is to SEAT’s credit that they have made a sophisticated automatic emergency braking (AEB) standard on a supermini like the Ibiza, and we commend them for it,” he said.
The new Hyundai i30 performed solidly in all areas, but the Honda Civic was held at four stars due to its lower-than-expected child protection.
Ford’s Mustang went from two to three stars by making AEB and Lane Assistance standard on its facelifted model, as well as improving the front airbags.
Mr van Ratingen added: “It is good to see that after 20 years, Euro NCAP’s call for safety improvement still strikes a chord with responsible companies like Ford.”
Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: “Crash test ratings are very much part of the car buying process now. Understandably, consumers want to know that their car is as safe as possible if it is in a crash and these scores help ease those worries.”
Posted on 10th July 2017
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