It’s that time of the year again when the EuroNCAP safety testers cast their expert eye over a host of new models.
Europe’s most respected safety test judges vehicles on adult, child and pedestrian safety as well as the amount of safety equipment available for each car.
This month, while the first ever Chinese-manufactured car to take the test, the Landwind CV9, floundered with a two-star rating, a host of more mainstream models passed with flying colours.
But how did the other manufacturers do?
It was no surprise to see the Citroen C4 picking up a five-star rating in the tests. The hatchback was awarded am EuroNCAP advanced award at the Paris Motor Show in October thanks to its host of safety technology.
Aimed at families, the Citroen C4 has shown its safety credentials with a child occupant safety score of 85 per cent – the second highest score out of 14 cars taking the test.
It also boasts a class-leading 97 per cent score on safety assistance technology – one of the highest scores ever in the often low-scoring segment of the test.
Never one to neglect safety, Ford has impressed in recent months with an innovative blind spot warning system for side mirrors and a reverse camera in the rear view mirror.
Not the Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max MPVs have both been awarded the top five-star rating in the EuroNCAP tests. The latter was awarded the best adult occupant safety mark of all the cars taking part, with a 96 per cent score.
Child safety in both models was also high, with scores of 83 and 81 per cent respectively in the roomy people carriers.
The Kia Sportage crossover SUV and Kia Venga continued the South Korean manufacturer’s perfect 2010 record in the EuroNCAP tests with five-star ratings.
"These latest results from Euro NCAP highlight Kia’s commitment to ensuring exceptional levels of safety in its vehicles," commented Benny Oeyen, Vice-President, Marketing & Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe.
The five-star rating was awarded to the Soul compact crossover and the Sportage crossover, you may recall.
With all the talk of suicide doors, one would be forgiven for thinking the Vauxhall Meriva would struggle in the EuroNCAP safety tests.
However, the rebranded Flexdoors, rear doors which open outwards towards the rear of the car, provide a safer loading area and are automatically locked when the car is moving.
This led to the Meriva being given a five-star safety rating in the tests.
Finally, the Jaguar XF executive saloon received a four-star rating from the tests. While still a fine score, and well above the accepted level of safety, the Big Cat will be disappointed to not be given a top rating.
However, it did receive a maximum score in the side impact barrier test and scored highly in the safety assist category thanks to electronic stability systems and seatbelt reminders.