The latest Euro NCAP crash test results have been announced.
The X-Trail’s crash-avoidance systems such as the autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning ensured the small SUV scored well in the safety assist section of the test, but its strongest rating came in the adult occupant protection section.
The five-star rating matches that of its rivals, the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Honda CR-V, which gained their top ratings in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
With a credible four stars, the Citroen C4 Cactus - a What Car? favourite when we drove it earlier this year - got impressive scores for its adult, child and pedestrian safety tests, but was marked down for its lack of standard safety systems. It also beats the three-star rating awarded to the Renault Megane hatch in the same small family car class.
Also achieving five stars in the latest results was the V-Class. The MPV scored highly in all criteria, beating the Volkswagen T5's four-star rating from 2013.