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by Tim Beissmann

The latest round of Euro NCAP results has determined the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatch is the safest compact car ever tested.

The Giulietta achieved an overall score of 87/100 and a five-star rating with solid performances across the four areas of testing.

It performed best in the adult occupant testing component where it scored 97 percent, including scoring maximum points in the side barrier impact.

“Alfa Romeo were able to show that similar protection would be offered to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions,” said the Euro NCAP report.

“A reactive head restraint (one which moves forward in response to the rearward movement of the occupant) provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear impact.”

An 85 percent was achieved in the child occupant component, as both dummies (18-month-old and three-year-old) were properly contained by their restraints and did not move excessively in frontal impact testing.

“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,” the report said.

Its worst performance was in the pedestrian testing component where it achieved 63 percent. Euro NCAP awarded it maximum points for protection offered by the bumper to pedestrian’s legs, and found that the bonnet offered good protection in the areas most likely to be struck by the head of a child.

Protection at the front edge of the bonnet was deemed marginal however, and poor protection was offered to a struck adult’s head in most areas of the bonnet.

In the newest testing component, safety assist, the Giulietta scored 86 percent thanks to standard stability control and front and rear seatbelt reminders on all variants.

In other testing, the Mazda CX-7 was rated four stars overall: 76 percent for adult occupant, 79 percent for child occupant, 43 percent for pedestrian and 71 percent for safety assist.

The CX-7 also scored maximum points in the side barrier test but offered poor protection against whiplash injuries in rear-end collisions.

Like the Guilietta, the bumper provided maximum protection to pedestrian’s legs but the bonnet provided predominantly poor protection in the areas likely to be struck by an adult’s head.

The CX-7 achieved a lower safety assist score as it does not feature a seatbelt reminder system for back-seat passengers.

CarAdvice has already detailed the results of the BMW 5 Series, which was rated five stars, scoring 95 percent for adult occupant, 83 percent for child occupant, 78 percent for pedestrian and 100 percent for safety assist, as it features a driver-set speed limitation device.




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