Euro NCAP: Top marks for seven new models
Euro NCAP’s latest set of safety ratings have been revealed, with seven models attaining the full five-star award: Mercedes-Benz’s first electric off-road, the EQC, and its new CLA; Skoda’s high-riding Kamiq; the latest SsangYong Korando; BMW’s Z4 and the new Audi A1.
The EQC – Mercedes’ first all-electric model, rated particularly well. It joins other battery-electric vehicles to have already been tested by Euro NCAP, including Audi’s e-tron and the Jaguar I-Pace.
Mercedes’ CLA scored well too, attaining more than 90% in three of the four safety areas assessed by Euro NCAP. BMW’s two-seater Z4 scored highly, with protection of vulnerable road users being particularly impressive.
Audi's alternative to the Mini, the A1, also performed well in safety tests. A five-star car in 2010, the second-generation small hatchback repeats its top rating against Euro NCAP’s newest test requirements, thanks in part to ‘Audi Pre Sense Front’, its standard-fit AEB system.
Skoda’s new Kamiq – the brand’s version of the VW T-Cross – scored five stars too, as did the updated SsangYong Korando. Both feature automatic emergency braking as standard.
In addition, the Ford Focus, already tested in 2018, has been reassessed following minor updates to car. Ford has improved the design of the seats and head restraints and the car now demonstrates good whiplash protection in rear-end collisions and is rewarded for its excellent AEB city performance.
Michiel van Ratingen from Euro NCAP said: “It’s great to see this continued commitment to improved safety. From these results, achieving 5 stars may look so easy, but to meet test and fitment requirements for technology are very demanding and always updated to incorporate the latest technology development and address priorities in road safety.
“Next year will see another step-change in our rating requirements but our experience shows that manufacturers will be keen to maintain the high standards they have achieved so far, and that European consumers will continue to be well served.”