Chevrolet Aveo is the UK’s safest small car

The new Chevrolet Aveo model has received quite a lot of praise in terms of style, affordability and engine range. But you wouldn’t expect top notch safety.

As the Aveo is a compact supermini, when it comes to safety you wouldn’t really expect it to be anything but mediocre.

Well, that’s not the case with the Aveo, as it has achieved a five star rating in its recent EuroNCAP crash tests.

Not only that, it has now been named in the ‘top achievers’ list for 2011 after being named the safest supermini released in the past 12 months – an impressive feat for such an affordable car.

In terms of Adult Occupant safety the Aveo achieved an impressive 95 per cent safety rating, which included things like a side barrier test and pole test. The Aveo scored maximum points in the side barrier test of which EuroNCAP said ‘all body regions being well protected’.

The Aveo also impressed with things like rear end collisions as ‘seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries’, a thing of which a supermini may be prone to in a cramped city/urban environment.

When it comes to child protection the Aveo scored another high score of 87 per cent, which when combined with its 93 per cent safety assist rating, means that you can feel reassured when you’re driving the Aveo.