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Euro NCAP reveals 2017’s best-in-class cars for safety

Motoring Research logo Motoring Research 10/01/2018 Richard Aucock

Euro NCAP's best-in-class cars for safety 2017

Euro NCAP's best-in-class cars for safety 2017
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Volkswagen currently produces some of Europe’s safest new cars with its models leading three of Euro NCAP’s six key categories for crash test safety during 2017.

The safety organisation’s annual ‘best in class’ cars lists the Volkswagen Polo as the safest supermini it tested during 2017, the Volkswagen T-Roc as the safest small off-road SUV, and the Volkswagen Arteon as the safest executive car.

Other victors include the Subaru XV and related Subaru Impreza being labelled safest small family cars, the Vauxhall Crossland X emerging as the safest small MPV, and the Volvo XC60 scooping the safest large off-road SUV honour.

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The winners come from a haul of nearly 70 models put through the ever-stricter Euro NCAP crash test safety regime. The organisation says 2017 was its busiest-ever year, meaning the victors in each sector are particularly deserving.

Indeed, add officials, not all car categories are listed in the overall safest cars 2017 rankings because not enough models were tested to give a realistic weighted average. This adds further integrity to the cars listed here, it reckons.

Michiel van Ratingen, the secretary general of Euro NCAP, praised Volkswagen. “To win best-in-class in three different categories is a great achievement and underlines the company’s commitment to providing the highest levels of safety to its customers. 

Euro NCAP crash safety © Provided by Motoring Research Euro NCAP crash safety

“Subaru and Vauxhall-Opel are also offering class-leading products while Volvo continues to underline its reputation for safety.  More broadly, though, it is encouraging to see so many new cars performing so well in all areas of safety, and being equipped with greater and greater levels of life-saving technology.”

Assessments are made across four areas: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist. There’s no swaying the results with extra safety equipment, either – although some cars come with optional safety kit, only cars in their base guise are eligible for the ‘best in class’ stamp of approval.

Euro NCAP also points out that, despite its tests becoming ever-stricter every year, most of the new cars it tested in 2017 achieved a full five-star rating. To prove just how much car makers have improved vehicle safety in recent years, it adds that older, facelifted models generally performed much less well, particularly in the area of driver assistance tech.

Safest supermini 2017: Volkswagen Polo © Provided by Motoring Research Safest supermini 2017: Volkswagen Polo

Euro NCAP 2017 safety test: the best-in-class cars

Supermini: Volkswagen Polo

Small family car: Subaru Impreza and Subaru XV

Executive car: Volkswagen Arteon

Safest executive car 2017: Vokswagen Arteon © Provided by Motoring Research Safest executive car 2017: Vokswagen Arteon

Small MPV: Vauxhall Crossland X

Small SUV: Volkswagen T-Roc

Large SUV: Volvo XC60

Safest large SUV 2017: Volvo XC60 © Provided by Motoring Research Safest large SUV 2017: Volvo XC60

Euro NCAP 2017 crash tests: in numbers

82% of cars were offered with pedestrian-detecting autonomous emergency braking

62% of cars had autonomous emergency braking as standard

92% of cars offered speed assistance

Safest small family car 2017: Subaru Impreza © Provided by Motoring Research Safest small family car 2017: Subaru Impreza

82% of cars had speed assistance as standard

96% of cars had two or more seats compatible with i-Size child restraints

94% of cars had standard rear seat load limiters and belt tensioners.

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