Euro NCAP has released a new round of safety ratings this week, with a trio of new models impressing against the firm's latest, strictest criteria.
In addition to the ANCAP ratings released this week based on the European arm's testing, a handful of models not yet available in Australia also received five-star ratings – the electric Audi e-tron, the new Renault Clio light hatch, and the Volkswagen T-Cross compact crossover.
All three of these models managed more than 90% for adult occupant protection, with the Clio and T-Cross getting in the top five percentile in this category.
Where the e-tron saw a 91% score for adult occupants, the Clio and T-Cross got an impressive 96% and 97% respectively – equating to scores of 36.5 (Clio) and 36.9 (T-Cross) out of a possible 38.
"It is encouraging to see that all manufacturers did well, regardless of type of powertrain or class of vehicle tested," said Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general for Euro NCAP.
"New cars on the market continue to offer more advanced technology as standard, systems that were not even considered an option a few years ago."
"Vehicle manufacturers must respond on all levels to consumers expectations, but adding more safety is often challenged by market conditions. Despite this, we see the latest state of the art safety technology being made standard on many of Europe’s best-selling family cars," he added.
The Audi e-tron's Australian launch has been delayed until 2020, with the company citing production delays caused by the new WLTP emissions regulations as the main cause.
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