BMW and Mazda head NCAP five-star list

  • BMW 3 Series and Mazda CX-5 gain five stars
  • Peugeot 208 and Hyundai i30 also get maximum
  • Audi A6 receives NCAP Advanced award
Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5
The new BMW 3 Series and Mazda CX-5 SUV have gained Euro NCAP's maximum five-star crash-test rating.

Five-star ratings were also awarded to the Hyundai i30 and the all-new Peugeot 208 supermini.

Euro NCAP said the results showed that manufacturers are rising to the challenges set by its stricter testing programme. The safety organisation highlighted a particular improvement in pedestrian safety.

The BMW 3 Series was by far the best in this area – despite not having an active bonnet that rises slightly to cushion an impact – with a score of 78%. However, the Peugeot only just cleared the 60% five-star pedestrian protection threshold with 61%, while the Hyundai scored 67% and the Mazda 64%.

Euro NCAP also singled out the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems on the BMW and the Mazda. This technology autonomously applies the vehicle's brakes if onboard computers sense that a collision is likely.

Dr Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP said: 'If all cars were fitted with AEB systems, many crashes could be mitigated or avoided altogether.'

NCAP announced it intends to incorporate testing such systems into future crash-assessment procedures.

The examiners also revealed that Audi has received the Euro NCAP Advanced reward for its ‘Pre Sense front plus' technology – available on the new Audi A6 – which detects cars in front through a series of radar sensors. It then acts to lessen the impact or prevent accidents where necessary.

Tom Webster

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