The new Land Rover Discovery Sport has received the maximum five-star safety rating from independent safety testers Euro NCAP.
Fitted with a range of cutting-edge safety features, the Discovery Sport comes with a new pedestrian airbag, the first of its kind in the small SUV segment.
Deploying from the upper surface of the bonnet in as little as 60 milliseconds after an impact, the airbag is designed to reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians hit by the car.
Other firsts include the new autonomous emergency braking system, which uses a digital camera mounted next to the rear view mirror to detect obstructions that pose a risk of collision.
If a threat is detected, the system will display an audible and visible warning before automatically applying the brakes if the driver fails to respond.
As well as that, Land Rover has also designed the seating system to protect occupants of all ages, including children.
Leader in safety for small SUVs
Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover Programmes, said: “The vehicle safety team worked tirelessly to ensure that the Discovery Sport delivered levels of safety never before seen in the small SUV segment.
“We have introduced some cutting edge safety technologies such as the all-new pedestrian airbag and an innovative autonomous emergency braking system, in addition to our tried-and-tested Land Rover safety systems.”
He added: “All of our products are tested to stringent in-house safety standards that go significantly beyond the legal and consumer testing standards. As a family vehicle, safety was really a key motivator when designing this car. We are proud to have made no compromises on this.”
Discovery Sport features high tech safety instruments
The Discovery Sport also features a full suite of active and passive safety features, with traction control, ABS and lane departure warning, plus reminders for seatbelts and blind spot monitoring.
Even the bodyshell of the new compact SUV has been manufactured from rigid high-strength steel, and Land Rover claims that its roof can support more than 4.5 times its own weight.
Revealed earlier this year, the new Land Rover Discovery Sport also features versatile 5+2 seven-seat capacity, along with an extensive range of luggage space and smart storage options.
From launch, the new compact SUV will come with a 2.2-litre 187bhp diesel with stop-start technology, which can be specified with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Prices currently start from £32,395, but Land Rover has announced that a second version will land early next year, with prices estimated to start below £30,000.