Jaguar has defended the safety of its XF model after the car received a disappointing NCAP score

Jaguar has defended the safety standards of the Jaguar XF after the model received a disappointing four-star Euro NCAP safety score for the second consecutive year.

Following last year’s four-star rating, Jaguar vowed to improve the rating for the facelifted XF that duly launched in the summer. A spokesman at the time said: “We’re looking at the safety results and how we can incorporate changes into future models.”

Responding to Euro NCAP’s most recent four-star findings, a Jaguar spokesman pointed out the XF’s adult occupancy score was one per cent under the five-star threshold, with child occupancy missing out by two per cent. “Pedestrian and safety assist results did, however, exceed five stars,” they added.

Safety protection from rear impact whiplash and frontal impacts for adult occupants was rated as ‘marginal,’ according to official NCAP testing. NCAP also noted that structures in the dashboard ‘posed a risk of injury to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions’.

Protection for the knee/femur/pelvis body region was also rated as marginal.

The XF’s three main rivals, the BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-class and Audi A6, all received five-star ratings when tested by Euro NCAP.

Of 17 cars tested by Euro NCAP this month, the Jaguar XF was one of six vehicles to receive four stars, not five. These include the Renault Fluence ZE, MG6, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Geely Emgrand EC7 and the Fiat Panda.

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