Ford and Renault among the stars in latest official NCAP safety ratings
Euro NCAP has announced the 2012 top choices for safety and the recommended vehicles in their class.
Eight five-star vehicles performed highly in each of the four individual marking criteria: adult occupant protection; child occupant protection; pedestrian protection; and safety assist systems.
Euro NCAP's best in class of 2012 are:
Renault Clio – Supermini
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Volvo V40 – Small Family
BMW 3 Series – Large Family
FIAT 500L and Ford B-MAX – Small MPV
Ford Kuga – Small Off-Road 4x4
Hyundai Santa Fe - Large Off-Road 4x4
Ford transit – Business and Family Vans
The Volvo V40 reached the highest combined score of any car previously tested by Euro NCAP. Underperformers for 2012 were the Jeep Compass and Renault Trafic, each of which was only able to score two stars against the latest set of requirements, said NCAP.
The runners-up of 2012 are the Ford Fiesta in the Supermini category; the Opel Mokka in the Small Family category; the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid in the Large Family category; the Subaru Forester in the Small Off-Road 4x4 category, and the Range Rover in the Large Off-Road 4x4.
For the first time, Euro NCAP also released comparative tests results in the category of Business and Family Vans. The Ford Transit is the first van to achieve a Euro NCAP five star overall rating and to receive the best in class honour. The runners-up in this new category are the FIAT Scudo and its twins, the Citroen Jumpy and Peugeot Expert, all of which received three stars.
Euro NCAP said it would schedule updates on ratings as new vehicle safety technology emerged.
Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General, said: "Euro NCAP is recognizing the efforts of some manufacturers already offering a higher level of occupant protection in their cars, but today safety means more than protecting occupants in a crash.
"Through the expansion of our tests and the assessment of important active safety systems, our aim is to inform and allow all road users to benefit from safe cars with advanced systems in the most affordable way, and to contribute in reducing the number of road accidents."
Euro NCAP - The European New Car Assessment Programme - organises crash tests and provides drivers and the motoring industry with independent assessments of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe.
It is composed of seven European governments as well as motoring and consumer organisations across Europe.