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Euro NCAP announces star performers
Top pick: Honda's Jazz light hatch was the safest supermini tested by Euro NCAP last year, beating out a number of rivals including the Mazda2.
European safety watchdog announces top safety ratings for 2015
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19 January 2016
THE European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) has released its list of the
safest vehicles tested in 2015, with European and Japanese car-makers
dominating the annual best-in-class list.
Euro NCAP defines the best in class by calculating the weighted sum of the
scores in the categories of adult occupant, child occupant and pedestrian
safety, as well as safety assist, which is then used as the basis for vehicle
In the large off-road category, Volvo's new-generation XC90 took top honours,
scoring 97 per cent for adult occupancy, 87 per cent for child occupant, 72 per
cent for pedestrian and 100 per cent for safety assist – thanks to its long
list of active safety features.
The big Volvo – a five-star-rated car in Australia – scored higher than rival
Audi's latest Q7 and the new Lexus RX.
The RX has just been awarded a five-star rating by ANCAP, receiving high scores
for adult and child occupant protection and its list of standard safety
In the small off-road category, Mercedes-Benz hit a high note with its GLC,
beating out strong competition from BMW's second-generation X1, the Kia
Sportage and mechanically related Hyundai Tucson, and Renault's Kadjar,
recording 95 per cent for adult occupant, 89 per cent for child occupant, 82
per cent for pedestrian protection and 71 per cent for safety assist.
Jaguar's well-received XE sedan was the safest car in the large family car
category, with the highest marks for pedestrian protection and safety assist
against its competitors that included the Audi A4, Skoda Superb, Renault
Talisman, Kia Optima and Toyota Avensis.
The Avensis – which is the wagon version of the Toyota Corolla hatch – just
topped the XE for adult occupant protection, while the A4 was safer in terms of
child occupant protection.
Infiniti's crucial new Q30 hatch – to be launched in Australia in the third
quarter – achieved the highest score in the small family car category, largely
due to a strong score for pedestrian protection.
The Japanese luxury brand had some stiff competition from Renault's new-gen
Megane that had the best adult and child occupant protection, as well as Opel's
latest Astra and the Honda HR-V crossover.
In the supermini segment, only two vehicles tested by Euro NCAP last year
achieved a five-star rating – the Honda Jazz and the Suzuki Vitara – with the
the Jazz named the safest city car.
The Jazz was easily the safest for adult and child occupant protection, but
lost points in pedestrian protection and safety assist features. It has a
five-star rating in Australia.
The Mazda2 and CX-3, Hyundai i20, Opel Karl and Mini Clubman received a
four-star rating in 2015, while the Fiat Panda Cross was a three-star car and
Lancia's facelifted Ypsilon could only manage two stars.
Ford's Galaxy was the top-rated large MPV, alongside its smaller S-Max sibling,
achieving 87 per cent adult and child occupant protection, and edging out
Renault's new Espace.
The Volkswagen Touran was the only five-star-rated small MPV, scoring the
highest marks in all four categories to topple its Caddy stablemate and Fiat's
Not one sportscar could achieve a five-star rating in Europe last year, but
Mazda's four-star MX-5 was deemed the safest car in the roadster sport
category, scoring high marks for adult occupant and pedestrian protection but
losing marks for safety assist technology.
Audi's TT was runner up with four stars, while the BMZ Z4 could manage only
three stars, with low scores in all but pedestrian safety.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC, Jaguar XE, Infiniti Q30 and Mazda MX-5 are yet to be
tested in Australia, while the Touran and Galaxy are not sold here.