Revealed: The safest cars on our roads
Published 14/01/2016 | 09:20
THE safest cars on our roads have been revealed.
After undergoing tough new Euro NCAP crash tests, the Volvo XC90 had the best overall five-star performance as well as being top of the large off-roader league.
Euro NCAP says the Swedish vehicle had “an outstanding” 97pc score for adult occupant protection.
And it had a maximum 100pc for its safety assist technologies.
The Mercedes GLC was the best small off-roader tested by Euro NCAP in 2015. The Jaguar XE and the Toyota Avensis ended up with identical scores.
The Infiniti Q30 was the best-performing small car while the Honda Jazz and Suzuki Vitara were the big scorers in their segments. The Jazz won the Best-in-Class accolade because of the company’s policy of fitting advanced safety systems, Euro NCAP said.
Volkswagen’s new Touran, which has just gone on sale in Ireland was judged the highest-scoring small people carrier in the crash tests while the Ford Galaxy/S-MAX came out on top in the large MPV category.
None of the roadsters tested got five stars but the 4-star Mazda MX-5 was best in its category.
This year the tests will be even tougher as Autonomous Emergency Braking systems involving pedestrians will be taken into account in computing the score.