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Euro NCAP Test and New Cars

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 7 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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The European National Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) test is designed to offer consumers a viable guide as to the safety of popular cars that are sold in Europe. As part of the NCAP test, new cars are required to pass rigorous safety tests and checks before they can be sold to the public. These tend to be more extensive than the minimum safety requirements that new car manufacturers are obliged to pass. For this reason, it is advisable to look for a new car that has been awarded a good score in the Euro NCAP tests. If you are restricted to a motoring budget, it is worth trying to stretch this as far as possible so that you are not compromised in terms of safety. This article discusses some of the new cars that have scored highly in the following categories in the Euro NCAP safety test results: crash testing, child protection, driver and passenger safety, and pedestrian protection.

Crash Test Ratings

The crash test results are rated out of five, with five stars being the maximum rating. In the 2008 Euro NCAP test results, the Audi A4 scored a five-star rating in crash testing.

Child Protection Ratings

The child protection test results are rated out of four, with four stars being the maximum rating. The 2008 Seat Ibiza, the Citroen C5 and the Audi A4 scored a four-star rating in child safety in the 2008 Euro NCAP test results. Other new cars with good ratings include the Toyota Prius, the Renault Laguna, the BMW 5 series and the Volvo V70.

Adult Protection Ratings

The adult driver and passenger protection results are rated out of five, with five stars being the maximum rating. The 2008 Seat Ibiza, the Audi A4 and the Citroen C5 scored five-star ratings in passenger protection. New cars that scored a four-star rating in adult protection in the 2008 Euro NCAP test results included the BMW X3 and Daihatsu Terios. Other new cars with good ratings include the Peugeot 1007, the Nissan Qashqui, the Renault Laguna, the Volvo V70 and the Lexus GS.

Pedestrian Protection Ratings

The pedestrian protection results are rated out of four, with four stars being the maximum rating. The 2008 Seat Ibiza scored a three-star rating in pedestrian safety. Other new cars with good ratings include the Honda Civic, the Seat Leon, the Ford Mondeo, the Skoda Superb and the Citroen C6.

When looking for a new car, it pays to choose one that has been awarded a good score in the Euro NCAP safety tests. This is a good indication that it is one of the safest to drive, as the top-rated new cars have come through rigorous safety checks. If you are going to be driving with children in the car on a regular basis, look for new cars with a five-star child protection rating. Otherwise, look for new cars with a five-star adult protection rating. In 2009, the NCAP test results will also take pedestrian safety and electronic stability controls into account. Not all of these cars will be out of the reach of those on a motoring budget.

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