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This month’s second set of crash test ratings have just been revealed by Euro NCAP car safety experts, with seven out of eight vehicles receiving a 5 star rating.
The Citroen DS 7 Crossback, Jaguar E-Pace, BMW X3, Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz X-Class, Subaru XV, Subaru Impreza and the reassessed Honda Civic were awarded Euro NCAP 5 star ratings, and all vehicles are now on sale with standard-fit Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems.
Furthermore, both the Honda Civic and the Subaru Impreza come with standard-fit lane keeping aids, designed to gently steer a drifting vehicle away from lane markings if required.
Four of the vehicles have made their first appearance on the market this year, the X-Class, the Jaguar E-Pace, the new DS 7 Crossback and the all-electric Citroën e-Mehari. Below, Trusted Dealers takes a look at these four cars in more detail.
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is the first Pick-up since the Ford Ranger in 2012, to receive a 5 star rating for its standard fit equipment. In addition, its Safety Assist score of 77% is the highest ever in the Pick-up category, as is its Child Occupant score of 87%. Built with the luxury sector in mind, the X-Class was jointly developed with Renault-Nissan and is therefore loosely based on the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan, but with far more luxury features both inside and out. In fact, step inside the interior of the X-Class is almost unrecognisable as Mercedes-Benz has worked hard to impose its luxury stamp.
Coined the F-Pace’s smaller brother, the new Jaguar E-Pace continues the company’s strong run of five-star vehicles. With sportier looks and lower prices than the larger F-Pace, the E-Pace has certainly found its niche in a busy SUV market. The E-Pace is the first of three additional SUVs from JLR that are on their way. Costing from £28,500, it competes with vehicles such as the Aud Q3, the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA, but where it takes the edge is in its sporty F-Type interior, illustrated in the cars design and interior.
Named as the new DS brand’s flagship car, the DS 7 Crossback SUV sports new technology and a premium design. Priced at £28,050 for entry-level Elegance trim models, you can pay up to £43,535 if you’re looking for a higher powered diesel model in the range-topping Ultra Prestige trim, or the most expensive four-wheel drive plug-in-hybrid model, badged E-Tense, will be priced around £50,000 when it hits the road in 2019. Offering a choice of four trims and a huge list of features, the DS 7 Crossback is already proving a huge hit.
Citroen’s first all-electric car was the only car in the latest series of crash tests to be rated with just three stars. The quirky, beach-resort style retro looking vehicle is designed on the original Citroen Mehari which began production in the 1960s. Offering standard airbags and seatbelt load limiters and pretensioners, although the crash test protection is rated satisfactory, it is held back by the lack of driver assistance, prevalent in many of its rival electric cars. Powered by a 68bhp electric motor which gives a 124-mile range, it trails the Tesla by some way.
Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, said: “Given the fact that Euro NCAP’s rating regime now includes over 15 different tests and hundreds of individual requirements, which are strengthened all the time. It is very positive that manufacturers still see a five-star rating as the target for most new vehicle models.
“As we approach the end of the year, Euro NCAP is preparing for the new tests in 2018, in which auto brake systems that can detect and mitigate cyclists will be put to the test for the first time. These new tests and other planned updates will reflect the surge in automated vehicle functions that we expect to see on the market in the next years. Our mission is to help consumers understand how these systems operate, to show what they are capable of and to explain how one day these might save your life”.
For a full breakdown of the latest crash test results and crash test pictures, visit the Euro NCAP website.