Euro NCAP has awarded the new Audi A4 and the Honda HR-V and Jazz the maximum five-star safety rating, while the new Volkswagen Caddy has managed four stars.
The Audi A4 scored highly across all four criteria, achieving 90 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, and 75 per cent for both pedestrian protection and safety assist.
Those ratings compare very closely with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which was named best in class by Euro NCAP last year in the large family car category. The new A4 sedan will arrive in Australia in February, followed by the wagon in March.
The Honda HR-V was likewise rated just behind 2014’s safest small family car, the Nissan Qashqai. The HR-V scored 86 per cent for adult occupant protection, 79 per cent for child occupant protection, 72 per cent for pedestrian protection and 71 per cent for safety assist.
Euro NCAP’s five-star rating for the Honda Jazz mirrors the score it received from local safety authority ANCAP in testing last year. The Jazz scored particularly highly in the adult occupant protection criteria, rated 93 per cent, while it also outscored last year’s best-in-class supermini, the Skoda Fabia, in all other criteria.
The Volkswagen Caddy was the one vehicle to miss the maximum rating, with the van-based seven-seat people-mover earning four stars from Euro NCAP.
The Caddy performed worst in the pedestrian protection (58 per cent) and safety assist (68 per cent) criteria, though did better in the areas of adult (84 per cent) and child (78 per cent) occupant protection.
Last year’s best-in-class winner, the hatchback-based Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan five-seater, rated higher across all criteria.
The Caddy is the highest-rated van this year, however, beating the three-star ratings awarded to the larger Opel Vivaro and Renault Trafic. The new Caddy is due to reach Australia in the coming months.