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10 December 2014
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
The Audi A3 e-tron, Jeep Renegade, Porsche Macan, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus NX and Kia Sorento all scored the maximum five stars in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests.
The testing body said both the Jeep and Audi offer excellent all-round crash protection and have an autonomous emergency braking system available as an option.
Porsche made its debut in the small SUV segment with the Macan which scored the maximum five stars despite not having standard-fit autonomous emergency braking system, unlike several other cars in the segment according to the testing body.
The Kia Soul and its electric stablemate, the Soul EV both fell short of the maximum rating, with the conventionally-engined Soul falling short thanks to its weak chest protection in the side pole test.
The south Korean car maker said its performance is an improvement on early production cars, and has said it will install the current-production side airbag in earlier models. BusinessCar contacted Kia to see how many cars are affected, but the company did not respond by the time we went to press.
Dacia's Logan MPV scored just three stars in the test, which according to Euro NCAP "reflects the brand's aspirations when it comes to safety and driver assistance systems in particular."
BMW earned a Euro NCAP advanced award for its Pedestrian Warning with City Brake Activation feature, a feature designed to help avoid and mitigate accidents with pedestrians at low speeds. The feature is currently available on models including the 2-series, i3 and Mini Cooper.
The testing body also revealed that from 2016 it will give credit to vehicles equipped with AEB pedestrian systems.