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Overall rating: Five stars
Adult occupation score: 90%
Child protection score: 86%
Pedestrian protection: 41%
Safety assist: 71%

Euro NCAP says:

Adult occupant
The passenger cell remained stable in the frontal impact. The car scored maximum points for the protection offered to the passenger.

For the driver, the steering column was the only stiff structure that might pose a risk to the femurs.

In the car side impact, the car lost a fraction of a point for chest protection. Chest protection was rated as marginal in the more severe side pole test.

Whiplash protection was rated as marginal.

Child occupant
Based on dummy readings in the frontal and side impact tests, the car scored maximum points for protection of both children. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position.

However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. A permanently attached label warns of the dangers associated with the use of a rearward-facing child restraint in the passenger seat.

The bumper provided predominantly good protection for pedestrians' legs, although stiff structures at the outer edges were rated as poor.

The front edge of the bonnet did not score so highly and was rated as marginal in most areas.

The centre of the bonnet offered good protection to a child's head, but poorer protection towards the edges. In most areas likely to be struck by an adult's head, poor protection was provided.

Safety assist
A seatbelt reminder system for the driver and passenger seats is standard equipment.

Electronic stability control is an option on some variants in some countries, but in sufficient quantities as standard equipment to meet Euro NCAP's requirements.