Euro NCAP rewards five-star performersFour new cars gain the highest safety rating

25 August 2010


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The Citroen C4, Honda CR-Z, Hyundai ix3 and Suzuki Swift have all achieved five-star status in Euro NCAP’s stringent crash testing and safety assessment programme.

Such strong results, across a range of vehicle types - from supermini to off-roader and petrol-electric hybrid – demonstrate that carmakers are rising to the challenge of continually improving safety.

Each car’s overall rating is made up of four test elements: adult and child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist.

Euro NCAP crash test

The four cars in Euro NCAP's latest round of testing all scored five stars

Citroen C4 scores well for safety

The Citroen C4 scored particularly well in this last category (gaining 97%) thanks to the standard fitment of electronic stability control (ESC) and a driver-set speed limitation system. The only area where the new French medium car didn’t score well was pedestrian protection with a rating of 43%, the front end of the car offering extremely poor protection to adult pedestrians.

In contrast, the sleek Honda CR-Z coupe scored 71% for pedestrian protection and also gained high marks in the other categories. The CR-Z is the second Honda hybrid to achieve the top rating; the Insight was awarded five stars in 2009.

The best adult occupant rating was gained by the Suzuki Swift (94%); it also protected children well, gaining 82% in this category.

The Hyundai ix35 would also keep adults and children safe in an accident, and like the other cars tested, it gained points in the safety assist category for having standard ESC.

Euro NCAP Advanced announced

Alongside these results, Euro NCAP also announced that, from October, it will be able to offer consumers even more comprehensive guidance on new car safety. The introduction of the Euro NCAP Advanced rating will assess the latest active safety systems, such as pedestrian detection and avoidance technology, that cannot yet be tested in the current crash test programme.

Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, said, ‘Euro NCAP Advanced will broaden the scope of our safety assessments and greatly enhance the information we are able to provide to consumers.’

Read our in-depth guide to Euro NCAP

See our reviews and the crash test videos for the, Honda CR-Z, and Hyundai ix35 

Visit the Euro NCAP website to see safety ratings for most new cars