Citroën, Seat, Skoda, Mitsubishi, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Volvo all score big wins in an SUV-dominated batch
The Citroën C3 Aircross, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Seat Arona, Skoda Karoq, Vauxhall Crossland X, Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen T-Roc and XC60 all achieved top marks when tested in their standard specifications by Euro NCAP. The body’s two-tier testing system scores cars in both their standard and full safety kit-equipped specifications.
The XC60 scored 98% for adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupant protection, 76% for pedestrian safety and 95% for safety assistance systems, the highest results of any car since the larger Volvo XC90 scored 97%, 87%, 72% and 100% when it was tested in 2015.
Thatcham Research, Euro NCAP’s UK testing facility, brought attention to the fact that the C3 Aircross and Crossland X are not fitted with automatic emergency braking (AEB) as standard but made up for its absence elsewhere. These were the only cars in the batch without the system. By contrast, the XC60’s AEB system avoided collisions at all speeds tested.
Autocar has contacted Citroën and Vauxhall for comment.
Matthew Avery, Thatcham’s research director, said: “It’s exceedingly rare for a vehicle to score so favourably across the board. The XC60’s standard-fit safety technologies are excellent, or rather those that we were able to test are – its Turn Across Path and Run Off Road systems are not yet a feature of the Euro NCAP programme.”