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Euro NCAP crash tests: safest cars of 2011

Evoque is one of many new cars to score five stars


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The Range Rover Evoque has scored the maximum five stars in the latest batch of Euro NCAP safety tests, along with other brand-new models such as the VW Up! 

New versions of several familiar names like the Kia Rio and VW Beetle both achieved five-star ratings, too.

The latest batch of results from Euro NCAP also included four cars which managed only four stars apiece, showing that it’s as tough as ever to make the grade when subjected to this rigorous test regime. 

The first new MG for 16 years – the MG6 – is among them, and while we welcome its return, the tests show MG’s designers still have some way to go to match the best cars in the market for safety.

Other four star performers include the Jaguar XF (re-tested, to account for changes to its active bonnet mechanism designed to reduced pedestrian injuries), the latest Fiat Panda and Renault’s entry into the electric car market, the Fluence ZE.

Kia Rio and VW Beetle also get five stars 

Range Rover Evoque scores five stars

Evoque: one of several brand new models to gain the much coveted top rating

Brand-new versions of cars with familiar names show how carmakers can raise their game when it comes to protecting people in accidents. 

The Kia Rio, a supermini once considered behind the market when it came to the occupant safety stakes, has been re-launched as a totally new car. It scored five stars, further demonstrating Kia’s rising stock in the worldwide car market. That included 92% for adult occupant protection and 84% for child safety. 

Meanwhile, the latest Beetle from VW – a name that’s been around since the 1940s – has surpassed the four-star rating of the outgoing model. It can now set itself alongside other popular family models tested in 2011, like the latest Ford Focus, Citroën C4 and the premium models, BMW 1 Series and Lexus CT 200h, all on five stars.

Euro NCAP honours for 2011

Every car’s overall rating is made up of four test elements: adult and child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist. We recognise the year’s highest scorers in each.

Mercedes best for adult protection 

Mercedes’ premium mid-sized MPV, the B-class, scored the highest percentage points for adult occupant protection in 2011, on 97%. 

And for protecting children, the highest score of the year came from the VW Beetle, beating strong medium family car competition like the Ford Focus and the BMW 1 Series. 

Only one car scored 100% in the safety assist assessment in 2011. The Volvo V60 managed the score as part of its impressive five star overall rating, showing Volvo’s intention to maintain its reputation as a leader in safety design.

The new Ford Focus was the highest scorer of 2011 when it came to pedestrian protection, but its score of 72% demonstrates there’s still a good distance to go before pedestrians can feel they are as well catered for by designers as a car’s occupants.

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