Euro NCAP’S ‘Hot 7’ 5-star cars revealed in latest round of stringent tests

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Euro NCAP has released new safety ratings of seven car models today – all seven cars achieved the maximum five-star rating.

It’s time to meet Euro NCAP’S ‘Hot 7’ 5-star cars!

  • Mercedes-Benz electric off-road EQC
  • Mercedes-Benz second generation CLA 
  • Škoda high-riding Kamiq
  • SsangYong fourth generation Korando
  • BMW latest Z4 roadster
  • New Audi A1
  • Ford Focus (reassessed following updates – already tested in 2018)

SsangYong fourth generation Korando

As SUVs and crossovers sales have continued to soar in Europe, new entrants have been flooding in from around the world. The C-segment Korando SUV is the first five-star car from the Korean manufacturer’s line-up and is well-equipped, with AEB as standard – its new five-star rating is an important one, as it brings the model into line with its competitors.

Škoda Kamiq compact SUV

The Volkswagen Group launched the Škoda Kamiq, sister of the Seat Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross. The Škoda Kamiq is a ‘high-riding’ Scala that shares a five-star rating and similar results to the car tested earlier this year.

Mercedes-Benz EQC compact luxury SUV

Mercedes-Benz have entered the all-electric market with the full EV compact luxury SUV, the EQC. This is the first of Daimler’s EQ range, and its top rating bodes well, along with good all-round performance.

The EQC is part of a growing trend towards battery electric vehicles, joining the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron amongst same-sector cars that have been tested by Euro NCAP. The Tesla Model X is set to be assessed later this year.

Mercedes-Benz CLA (second generation)

The latest incarnation of the Mercedes-Benz CLA achieved an excellent outcome, scoring more than 90 percent in three of the four area of safety assessed by Euro NCAP.

New BMW Z4 Roadster

BMW’s two-seater roadster, the New Z4, scored well all-round – its protection of vulnerable road users was especially impressive thanks to an ‘active bonnet’ that lifts when a pedestrian has been hit.

New Audi A1 compact hatchback

Audi’s alternative to the Mini, the New A1, also performed well in safety tests. Awarded five-stars back in 2010, the second-generation small hatchback has repeated its top rating against Euro NCAP’s newest test requirements, thanks in part to its standard-fit AEB system, ‘Audi Pre Sense Front’.

Ford Focus hatchback

Finally, the popular Ford Focus achieved five stars in 2018 but its marginal front-seat whiplash protection meant it could not capitalise on good results for its AEB system.

Ford set out to improve this and with updates to the design of the seats and head restraints, the car now demonstrates good whiplash protection in rear-end collisions and was rewarded for its excellent AEB city performance. The outcome has reaffirmed that the Focus is an all-round family car with great safety credentials.

Safety Matters | Euro NCAP ratings

Euro NCAP Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, said;

“It’s great to see this continued commitment to improved safety. From these results, achieving 5 stars may look so easy, but to meet test and fitment requirements for technology are very demanding and always updated to incorporate the latest technology development and address priorities in road safety.

“Next year will see another step-change in our rating requirements but our experience shows that manufacturers will be keen to maintain the high standards they have achieved so far, and that European consumers will continue to be well served.”

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