The safest cars
Safety is obviously a high priority for most car buyers, so here we reveal the models that performed best and worst in the official Euro NCAP crash tests...
1. Mercedes A-Class
Adult occupant protection 96% Child occupant protection 91% Pedestrian protection 92% Safety Assist 75%
Total Euro NCAP score 354/400
Despite being the cheapest model in the Mercedes range, the latest A-Class has the highest combined score of any car tested by Euro NCAP since it introduced its tougher test procedures back at the start of 2018. Hardly surprising, then, that the A-Class won the Safety Award at the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year Awards.
And the cars with the worst scores...
Adult occupant protection 50% Child occupant protection 69% Pedestrian protection 49% Safety Assist 32%
Total Euro NCAP score 200/400
It may look suitably tough, but while all of the cars in the top 10 earned Euro NCAP's maximum five-star rating, the new Jeep Wrangler was awarded just one star. Structures in the dashboard were found to present a risk to front seat occupants, and there were indications that the car's body would be unable to withstand higher loads than those experienced during the offset frontal crash test.
Adult occupant protection 45% Child occupant protection 16% Pedestrian protection 47% Safety Assist 7%
Total Euro NCAP score 115/400
As disappointing as the Wrangler's scores are, it's the Fiat Panda that's the worst performer under the latest test rules, with a zero-star overall rating. Interestingly, it was given four stars when it was first tested by Euro NCAP back in 2011, showing just how much and how quickly standards have improved.
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