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New cars in 2016 offer the very latest safety systems to protect occupants in the event of a crash. Features such as electronic stability programmes (ESP) are now fitted as standard on all new cars along with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and ISOFIX child-car seat mounts, and there are a host of additional safety features that can be added.
Today, Euro NCAP released its latest safety ratings to the public, and below Trusted Dealers takes a look at 3 of the UK’s safest cars on the road in 2016.
The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) scores the majority of new cars sold in the UK and Europe and is a good source of information for buyers seeking a ‘safe’ new car. Models are assessed in four key areas: adult protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assistance. Each category assigns a car with a percentage score which dictates how many stars out of 5 a car can receive.
Safety Assistance was the latest category to be added to the Euro NCAP tests and it refers to the safety equipment provided as standard on vehicles such as autonomous braking and lane-keeping assist, which is put in place to prevent an accident from occurring in the first place. This new category is considered so important that its now impossible for a vehicle to achieve the full five-star rating if it’s not equipped with some of these ‘active’ safety features.
Cars are tested for safety using the following methods:
Crash tests give an overall indication of the safety of the car, for example, the effectiveness of seatbelts and airbags as well as body rigidity during a crash. Cars are also tested for pedestrian safety by firing a dummy leg and head at the front of the vehicles to gauge the forces involved in a pedestrian collision. For more information, click here.
Below, we’ve outlined the safest 3 cars assessed in 2016 only, based on their adult occupancy scores.
Alfa Romeo Giulia – The Alfa Romeo Giulia achieved the highest adult occupant protection score of any car tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and 2016 at 98%. Some of the safety elements included with the Giulia are side-impact protection, whiplash minimising seats and the strength of its passenger compartment. The Giulia further benefits from autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning systems as standard features on the car. The Giulia also scored fairly high for child occupancy with 81% as well as marks of 69% for pedestrian protection and 60% for safety assist.
VW Tiguan – The VW Tiguan came second place in the Euro NCAP crash testing with a 96% adult occupant score and an 84% child occupant score. The Tiguan is an attractive family sized SUV with plenty of excellent credentials and for safety it scores very highly, performing well in frontal and side impacts. Children are well protected in the back of the Tiguan and the Tiguan’s ‘active’ bonnet which rises up to protect pedestrians from stiff engine components helped it to achieve 72% pedestrian protection. Standard features such as automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning systems are also included.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class – The third safest car rated by Euro NCAP is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class due to its high adult occupant protection score of 95%. The E-Class is attractive car overall thanks to its construction and safety technology which make it an attractive buy for business executives and families. It also scored higher than the Tiguan and Giulia for child occupant protection with 90% and for pedestrian protection with 77%. Safety features such as side airbags for the head, chest and pelvis help the E-Class achieve high scores in side impact collisions and the car also comes with Mercedes’ own PRE-SAFE system which can detect from the way the car is driven if an accident is imminent.
For a full breakdown of the safety ratings of all the new cars in 2016, visit the Euro NCAP website.