The new Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 are among the latest cars to be awarded a full five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP
Darren Moss
2 September 2015

The new Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 have both received top marks from Euro NCAP in its latest round of safety tests.

Volvo's new large luxury SUV scored particularly highly for adult protection, with Euro NCAP's testers noting that the XC90's standard autonomous emergency braking system was capable of bringing the car to a halt before a collision occured in all of its tests, hence earning maximum points.

The XC90 also scored 100% for its safety assistance systems, which all feature as standard. The Q7, meanwhile, marginally beat the XC90's score for child protection.

Also receiving a full five-star rating were the Renault Kadjar, Ford Galaxy and S-Max, Volkswagen Touran and Toyota Avensis.

The new Mazda CX-3 and Mitsubishi L200 were also tested, and both scored four stars. Euro NCAP says both cars were let down because they do not feature a full range of safety systems as standard. The L200 doesn't offer autonomous emergency braking, while the CX-3 only offers the system as an optional extra.

In a statement, Euro NCAP said: "Good occupant protection is still the backbone of a top rating in Euro NCAP, but the availability and performance of avoidance and driver support systems, which will ultimately pave the way for highly automated vehicles, is becoming increasingly important."

See the Volvo XC90's crash test video below.

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2 September 2015
If I was going to drive head-on into a big block of concrete I would want to do it in an XC90 alright.

2 September 2015
Uncle Mellow wrote:

If I was going to drive head-on into a big block of concrete I would want to do it in an XC90 alright.

A score of just 72% in the pedestrian impact test is far from the maximum - the Q7 was even worse at 70%.

The most impressive result is the CX-3 which is the safest car to be hit by, safer than even the typically better lower slung cars, and has only been matched under the current test procedures by the Mazda 2

2 September 2015
Rather surprised the Avensis got 5 stars given the significant deformation in the offset test...wouldn't want to think how it would do in a more serious accident. And no hazard warning lights seem to be activated either...


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