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Top Crash-Test Scores for Five New Family Cars


Five new family cars have been tested by the Euro NCAP and each received the all important five-star ratings.

Volvo’s reputation for safety will be boosted by achieving not only five stars but it is also Euro NCAP’s all time top scorer in its segment. What particularly distinguishes the V40 from other vehicles is the world-first Pedestrian Airbag technology, fitted as standard on the entire V40 range. In case of a crash with a pedestrian, sensors detect the impact, release the bonnet and deploy the airbag in a split second. The pedestrian airbag lifts the bonnet and partly covers the stiff A-pillars providing greater protection for the pedestrian. In Euro NCAP’s tests, this has translated into a 88% score in pedestrian protection, the highest score yet achieved in this part of the assessment. Given that in Europe, 14% of all road traffic fatalities are pedestrians this is hugely important addition to the V40.

 Ford’s baby MPV the B-Max, achieved five stars. Ford has done away with the middle columns on the B-MAX, known as the B-pillars, that usually separate the front and rear passenger compartments. To ensure the highest levels of protection in lateral collisions, a structure is incorporated into the doors to form a central post when the doors are shut. Euro NCAP found that safety was uncompromised as the B-MAX scored 92 percent for adult occupant protection. The mini MPV also comes with Active City Safety, an AEB system previously rewarded under Euro NCAP Advanced, which helps the driver achieve maximum braking effectiveness in an emergency situation.

The latest generation of hatchbacks tested offers significantly improved pedestrian protection amongst other notable improvements. The new Audi A3 received a score of 95% for adult occupant protection and maximum points were scored in the side barrier test. For child occupant protection, the A3 received a score of 87%. The Renault Clio also achieved a five-star rating and best in class scores for child protection, pedestrian protection and safety equipment. Finally the all-new Kia Cee’d, received the maximum five starting with an adult occupant protection rating of 89% . Furthermore, the Cee’d scored an impressive 88% in the child occupant test, as well as in the pedestrian and safety assist categories

Detailed results of the tested cars are published on the Euro NCAP website.

29th August, 2012

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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