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Safest new cars revealed

These are the safest new cars on the road today, according to official safety authority, Euro NCAP.

Read on for Euro NCAP’s Best-in-Class award winners, based on crash tests of more than 40 new cars carried out during 2015…

Euro NCAP’s Best-in-Class winners

Large off-road: Volvo XC90
The best performing large off-roader, and the car with the best overall performance of 2015, was Volvo’s XC90. The Swedish company’s new flagship achieved an outstanding 97 percent for adult occupant protection and a maximum 100 percent for its safety assist technologies.

Small off-road: Mercedes-Benz GLC
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is the best small off-roader of 2015. It’s packed with standard safety equipment, including systems that provide braking assistance in an emergency and warn if the driver is becoming drowsy, plus tech that senses an accident and can automatically tighten seat belts.

Large family car: Jaguar XE
In the large family category, two cars performed equally well: the Jaguar XE and the Toyota Avensis gave identical overall results. The Jaguar takes top honours in this category as all of its safety equipment is standard. The Toyota has some driver assistance technologies as an option, however comes at a generally lower price.

Small family car: Infiniti Q30
The best performing small family car was the Infiniti Q30, with strong performance in all areas of assessment. The Q30’s active bonnet helped it to gain results for pedestrian protection which were amongst the best of 2015, and it performed well in all other areas too.

Supermini: Honda Jazz
In 2015, two superminis gave the same overall safety performance. The Honda Jazz and the Suzuki Vitara were neck and neck overall, one car edging the other in one or other part of the assessment. However, the Jazz is Euro NCAP’s Best in Class, based on Honda’s fitment strategy for advanced safety systems.

Large MPV: Ford Galaxy
The Ford Galaxy/S-MAX just beat the Renault Espace for top place in the large MPV category.

Small MPV: Volkswagen Touran
The VW Touran was the best performing small MPV, achieving a 89% score for child occupant safety

Roadster/Sports Car: Mazda MX-5
Last year Euro NCAP paid special attention to the roadsters, a category of relatively expensive cars, but for which the importance of safety is often downplayed by vehicle manufacturers. None of the tested roadsters could achieve 5 stars, lacking new avoidance technology in particular. Nevertheless, with 4 stars, the Mazda MX-5 is the best in its category.

About Gareth Herincx

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