Euro NCAP has released the latest batch of crash test results, with the Jaguar XF standing out for the UK market with a four-star rating.
Out of the 14 cars tested by Euro NCAP, 10 achieved the maximum award of five stars, three including the Jaguar XF received four-star ratings, and the Chinese Landwind CV9, which won’t be coming to the UK, received a lowly two-star rating.
Jaguar XF disappoints
The only executive car among those tested was the Jaguar XF, which surprisingly didn’t receive the maximum safety rating.
Euro NCAP found adult and child occupant protection let the Jaguar XF down. In the side pole impact test, chest protection was rated as weak and the car’s seat and head restraint provided minimal whiplash protection.
Earlier this year, in the annual Which? Car survey, owners told us the XF was still proving less reliable than its German rivals.
Kia make changes for a five-star rating
While it might be fairly bad news for Jaguar, it’s good news for Kia, which has improved the safety features on its Venga.
In February 2010, Euro NCAP awarded the Kia Venga a four-star rating, highlighting weaknesses in the car’s performance in a front impact crash.
Kia has now made structural changes to the front of the car and refined the restraint systems to improve protection for both adult and child occupants. And it’s paid off, Euro NCAP has retested the Venga and awarded it five stars.
The Kia Sportage also received the highest Euro NCAP accolade.
Also getting five-star Euro NCAP ratings
Among the other cars coming to the UK in the latest list, the Seat Alhambra and VW Sharan (these two share the same platform, interior and safety equipment) received a five-star Euro NCAP rating, along with the Audi A1, Mini Countryman, Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, Vauxhall Meriva and 2011 VW Passat.
Poor performance from Chinese maker
Chinese manufacturer Landwind first had a car Euro NCAP tested back in 2005, with horrifying results.
Landwind is back with the CV9, a mid-sized MPV, which they say ‘has been revamped to meet the strictest European safety standards’.
The CV9 gained just two stars, getting scored down by Euro NCAP for being poorly equipped, lacking a side protection airbag, a head protection device and electronic stability control. There are no plans for this car to be sold in the UK at present.
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