New models shine in latest round of testing, following poor result from Jeep last week.
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Euro NCAP has awarded five-star safety ratings to several new models, including the Audi Q3, BMW X5, Peugeot 508, along with the Volvo S60/V60.

The Q3, 508, S60 and V60 all scored over 90 per cent in the area of Adult Occupant Protection, while the X5 managed 89 per cent – largely due to the driver's knee airbag not deploying properly in the front offset test.

All models scored in the mid-80 percentile for Child Occupant Protection, too, along with mid-70 percentile for Vulnerable Road Users.

Safety Assist was also well represented amongst this set of new models, with the Q3 standing out for its 85 per cent result.

"The standard-fit autonomous emergency braking system performed well in tests of its functionality at the low speeds, typical of city driving, at which many whiplash injuries are caused," Euro NCAP said in its assessment report.

"The AEB system is able to detect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. In most tests of these functionalities, the system performed well, with collisions avoided or their severity mitigated, even at night-time in the case of pedestrians."

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general for Euro NCAP, praised the results after last week's low-scoring outcomes for the Fiat Panda (zero star) and new-generation Jeep Wrangler (one star).

"The Audi Q3, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60/S60 have set the standard against which others are judged this time, and other manufacturers could do well to follow their example," he said.

Only the X5 is available in Australian dealerships at the moment, with the Q3 and S60 due next year – the V60 hasn't been confirmed for our market yet.

However, it's likely the Euro NCAP results will be transferred to ANCAP ratings given the local firm implemented parity with the European division from January 1 this year.

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