Five stars awarded to 11 cars in latest Euro NCAP tests
02 December 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Euro NCAP has released its seventh batch of 2015 results, with 15 cars being safety checked.
Of the 15 cars crash-tested, 11 achieved the full five-star rating, two received four stars, while one gained a three rating, and the other a two-star scoring.
The following vehicles were awarded the highest rating:
- BMW X1
- Lexus RX
- Mercedes-Benz GLC
- Infiniti Q30
- Jaguar XE
- Jaguar XF
- Vauxhall Astra
- Kia Sportage
- Kia Optima
- Renault Megane
- Renault Talisman
Euro NCAP said the high proportion of five-star ratings was down to vehicles offering autonomous braking systems as an option or as standard.
Cars are also receiving higher ratings thanks to more advanced restraints on the rear seats, designed to cope with the full-width front crash tests, the testing body added.
"In less than two years, since Euro NCAP started its campaign to encourage car manufacturers to focus on AEB systems, we have noticed an increasing number of manufacturers responding to our call," said Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general.
"Some of the systems are already capable of braking for pedestrians which will be the next test in Euro NCAP's rating scheme in 2016," he added.
The Talisman is not sold in the UK - it is the successor to the Laguna model, which was axed when Renault cut back its British portfolio in the middle of the global financial crisis.
Meanwhile, the new Nissan Navara - which we recently reviewed - scored a four-star rating, as did the Mini Clubman.
The BMW Z4 roadster only scored a three-star rating due to it lacking safety equipment including autonomous emergency braking, lane assist and speed assist systems.
Although no longer sold in the UK, the Lancia Ypslison supermini scored two stars, with Euro NCAP criticising its adult occupancy rating and safety assist systems.
"In terms of safety, the new Ypsilon does little to maintain the legacy of a once famous brand in Europe. Safety critical consumers can certainly find much better choices in this segment nowadays," the testing body said.