The new Range Rover Velar is the latest SUV vehicle to gain a 5 Star Euro NCAP safety rating.
As founder member of the international Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham Research has also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.
In its independent capacity, as advisors to motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers Thatcham Research says this five-star award does demonstrate the Range Rover Velar’s crash-impact safety features. In particular, Euro NCAP’s Side Pole impact test is a very severe test of a car’s ability to protect the driver’s head.
Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research comments, “Modern SUVs perform consistently well in impact testing, particularly for adult occupant protection. The Velar however not only performs well in a crash – especially in Euro NCAP’s exacting side impact test – but also in active safety, with its suite of standard-fit technologies designed to avoid the crash happening at all.”
Top Marks For Range Rover Velar
With Euro NCAP having tested no fewer than 15 SUVs since the start of 2016, the Range Rover Velar scoring 75% for its assisted safety features is a notable seven percentage points above average for all the SUVs tested since January 2016.
The Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is fitted to the Velar as standard and includes Interurban Autonomous Emergency Braking, an Adaptive Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warnings and seat-belt reminders for all passengers.
“Following 5 Star ratings for the Discovery and Discovery Sport, this is another signal from Jaguar Land Rover that safety is a priority. The Velar has reviewed positively and will undoubtedly be a popular car. With small SUV sales set to break the two million barrier in 2018, it’s exciting to see one of the leading carmakers in this category deliver on standard-fit active safety systems,” comments Avery.