Euro NCAP recently gave its safety ratings of eight new vehicles: the Volvo XC60 in the large off-road category; the VW T-Roc, Škoda Karoq and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in the small off-road category; the Citroën C3 Aircross and (Opel) Vauxhall Crossland X small MPV category; and two superminis – the new VW Polo and the SEAT Ibiza’s partner, the Arona. All cars achieve a maximum five-star rating.
Expectations of safety
The new Volvo XC60 becomes the best all-round performer of 2017 so far and matches the performance of the XC90, tested in 2015. With an almost-perfect 98 percent in adult occupant protection and with an array of driver assistance features, the XC60 demonstrates the levels of safety available on top-end models.
Exceedingly good safety
But safety is not confined to the higher end of the market. The subcompact hatchback is Europe’s highest-selling segment and manufacturers have been keen to add high-tech to their latest offerings. The new VW Polo joins the Nissan Micra, Ford Fiesta and SEAT Ibiza amongst the ranks of recently-tested superminis to feature a whole host of driver assistance features, including standard-fit autonomous emergency braking. The SEAT Arona, a partner of the Ibiza, shares that car’s impressive safety specification and is also rewarded with a five-star rating.