New five-star Euro NCAP safety scores
A range of new cars has achieved the highest crash safety rating, including the Volkswagen Golf MkVII and the new Range Rover.
Reflecting how the car industry has shifted priorities and focused on improving the safety of vehicles around the globe, 11 new models have all been awarded the highest grade of safety by Euro NCAP (the European New Car Assessment Program). Even with the criteria recently being tightened and standards raised across all categories, new models of the Ford Fiesta, Ford Kuga, Hyundai Santa Fe, Range Rover, SEAT Leon, SEAT Toledo, Skoda Rapid, Vauxhall Mokka, Volkswagen Golf, Volvo V60 Plug-in hybrid and the new Fiat 500L (on sale in the UK in the spring) have all achieved the highest standards in safety.
Notably, the Volvo V60 Plug-in is the first electric car to match its internal combustion-engined counterpart for safety, while Ford won a record-breaking six Advanced awards for outstanding technological innovation for its MyKey system, SYNC with emergency assistance technology, driver alert, forward alert, lane keeping aid and active city stop. Volkswagen also won four innovation awards for the Golf, and also chose this moment to announce that the car is now classified in lower UK insurance groups across the range.
The only black spot on an otherwise benchmark-setting round of results was the Dacia Lodgy. The budget MPV, from Renault's cut-price, back-to-basics brand, scored only three stars in its Euro NCAP test, a hefty dent in Dacia's ambitions. While customers may be prepared to sacrifice some creature comforts for the brand's amazing value for money, a lower safety rating is a harder pill to swallow.
For more info, see www.euroncap.com.