Superminis ace Euro NCAP car safety testsNew Honda Jazz and Hyundai i20 get top marks
27 May 2009
Four of the UK’s most popular small cars scored top marks in the latest round of Euro NCAP safety tests.
The , , and Peugeot 3008 all scooped five stars out of five for overall safety, while the new Suzuki Alto managed just a three-star rating.
Audi’s – a much larger vehicle – also picked up five stars, proving size doesn’t matter when it comes to car safety. The latest Euro NCAP scores will be welcomed by car buyers, who are increasingly opting for over larger cars.
Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP said: 'Many claim that mass is the only criteria for safety. We believe that there are other aspects of safety as important as mass. The smaller cars we tested whose results are released today show that size should not stand in the way of all-round safety.'
Under tough new rules, Euro NCAP gives cars a single safety rating out of five stars. As well as testing for pedestrian protection, experts look at how well each car’s occupants (both children and adults) would be protected in a crash. They conduct whiplash tests, too, and extra marks are given to cars with safety features like electronic stability control (ESC).
According to Euro NCAP, the ’s score was limited by poor results for adult and child occupant protection, as well as a lack of safety assistance technologies. While ESC comes as standard on all versions of the Audi Q5, Kia Soul and Peugeot 3008, it is an optional extra on some Alto models.
Head over to the Which? website for more on this year's Euro NCAP scores.
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