The Citroën C4 Cactus has achieved four stars in the latest round of Euro NCAP safety tests.
The new crossover achieved an adult safety rating of 82 per cent, while also scoring 80 per cent for pedestrian protection.
NCAP engineers said that during a front impact both driver and passenger would be well protected against injury, while also noting "good protection in all areas tested" for the front bumper in a pedestrian collision.
Also on test this month was the Nissan X-Trail and Mercedes-Benz V-class, which both scored top marks. The X-Trail in particular was praised for its inclusion of crash avoidance systems including autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning.
The V-class, revealed earlier this year and due to go on sale in the UK next spring, scored 93 per cent in safety tests with adult occupants. Testers noted that protection for passengers was good in all areas.
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