The new Volvo XC60 is the safest car to have been tested by Euro NCAP so far in 2017. The SUV, which gained a full five-star safety rating, has matched the performance of the larger Volvo XC90, which scored 98% for adult occupant protection when it was tested in 2015.
A plethora of other SUVs have also been tested this month, including the Citroën C3 Aircross, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Vauxhall Crossland X, Volkswagen T-Roc, Skoda Karoq and Seat Arona. All of those models were awarded Euro NCAP's top five-star safety rating. In addition, the new Volkswagen Polo small hatchback was also awarded five stars.
Euro NCAP recognised car makers for offering improved standard safety equipment this year, and especially the prevalence of automatic emergency braking (AEB). The group's secretary general Michiel van Ratingen praised Nissan, Ford, Seat and Volkswagen for "democratising safety by making high-tech safety assistance available on their superminis".
However, van Ratingen also singled out Renault, whose Clio was last tested in 2012 and does not offer AEB, saying that he expected the French car maker "to follow suit in due course".
Full 2017 Euro NCAP results
Adult occupant 97% Child occupant 84% Pedestrian 71% Safety assist 60% Overall rating 5 stars
Adult occupant 93% Child occupant 86% Pedestrian 73% Safety assist 58% Overall rating 5 stars
Adult occupant 91% Child occupant 85% Pedestrian 81% Safety assist 59% Overall rating 5 stars
Adult occupant 88% Child occupant 53% Pedestrian 59% Safety assist 58% Overall rating 4 stars
Adult occupant 85% Child occupant 82% Pedestrian 64% Safety assist 60% Overall rating 5 stars
Adult occupant 66% Child occupant 49% Pedestrian 53% Safety assist 27% Overall rating 3 stars
Adult occupant 75% Child occupant 46% Pedestrian 57% Safety assist 25% Overall rating 3 stars
Adult occupant 87% Child occupant 84% Pedestrian 64% Safety assist 60% Overall rating 5 stars
Adult occupant 73% Child occupant 61% Pedestrian 57% Safety assist 29% Overall rating 3 stars
Adult occupant 72% Child occupant 32% Pedestrian 78% Safety assist 61% Overall rating 3 stars
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