Three new SUVs hit the market with top safety ratings in Europe based on the latest 2019 criteria, despite the bluff nose on the G-Class.
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Euro NCAP has released the latest round of safety ratings this week, with the new Honda CR-V, Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Seat Tarraco all scoring top marks.

All three vehicles were tested against the firm's latest 2019 criteria, each achieving at least 90 per cent for adult occupant protection and 80 per cent for child occupants.

In particular, the Seat managed an impressive 97 per cent for adult occupant protection, which Euro NCAP says is amongst the best score in this category.

Meanwhile, the new-generation CR-V (which only just went on sale in Europe) scored 93 per cent for its protection of adults, while the new G-Class managed 90 per cent.

"Here we have three new vehicles, competing in the same segment and getting top safety ratings," said Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general for Euro NCAP.

"That’s impressive enough but the fact that all three off-roaders are equipped with pedestrian and cyclist AEB systems really demonstrates the power of consumer testing not only to encourage better performance but also to promote new technologies as standard-fit across Europe."

As for what this means for Australian-delivered vehicles, it's likely the G-Wagen will carry its five-star rating from European testing over, while the CR-V was given a five-star ANCAP rating in October 2017 based on local testing.

The Tarraco, meanwhile, isn't offered in Australia, though it may receive a five-star ANCAP rating for the New Zealand market.