Due to increases in safety standards and technology, the Euro NCAP safety test is continually evolving and becoming harder. Regardless of the increased difficulty, a number of cars have recently been awarded the sought-after five-star rating in the latest Euro NCAP testing.
On this occasion, the cars receiving the new five-star rating were the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the second generation Mercedes-Benz CLA, the new BMW Z4 and the new Audi A1. The latest testing shows that manufacturers still have a growing focus on safety, with even the latest in electric cars and convertibles – which are often considered more vulnerable – demonstrating significant safety improvements.
Speaking of the latest testing Michiel van Ratingen, Security General at Euro NCAP, said:
“It’s great to see this continued commitment to improved safety.
"From these results, achieving five 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.”
The results showed that the Mercedes-Benz CLA actually managed to score a total of 90% in three of the four areas that are assessed by the Euro NCAP test. The latest generation of the BMW Z4 also showed impressive results, once again utilising an active bonnet that lifts when a pedestrian has been hit by the car.
The latest iteration of the Audi A1 followed in the footsteps of its predecessor which scored a five-star rating back in 2010. Of course, the test has changed a lot since then, meaning that the new generation Audi A1 shows a continued commitment by Audi to make cars safer.
Along with the latest versions of existing models, Mercedes-Benz's new all-electric EQC also hit the ground running by securing a five-star rating. Scoring highly in all areas of the test, the EQC joins the Jaguar I-PACE and Audi e-tron in the ever-growing list of electric cars tested by Euro NCAP.
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