All four cars tested in the most recent Euro NCAP tests have been awarded the coveted five star rating.
Euro NCAP said that each car tested – the BMW 3-series, Hyundai i30, Mazda CX-5 and Peugeot 208 – scored particularly highly in pedestrian protection, an area that NCAP has made more stringent since the beginning of 2012.
The BMW 3-series was the test’s top scorer with 78 per cent in pedestrian protection, while the Peugeot 208, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai i30 achieved 61 per cent, 64 per cent and 67 per cent respectively.
In NCAP’s side barrier and pole test, the CX-5 was the only car to score maximum points. The Hyundai i30 fared worst revealing weak chest protection. During rear impact (whiplash) testing, the Peugeot 208 gave adequate protection, with the remaining three cars deemed to offer good protection.
On June 13, Euro NCAP will reveal its next phase of testing, including tests for autonomous emergency braking systems (AEBs), as fitted to the Mazda CX-5 and BMW 3-series.