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Five Euro NCAP stars for Fiesta, CX-5 and Grandland X

Ford’s new Fiesta has scored five stars in the latest Euro NCAP tests, with the Mazda CX-5 and Vauxhall/Opel Grandland X also receiving top marks.

Five Euro NCAP stars for FiestaIn total, the organisation has released safety ratings for nine new cars including the Jeep Compass, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet and Renault Koleos, which also scored five-star results.

Opel’s all-electric Ampera-e – not currently destined for the UK – achieved four stars while the Kia Picanto and Rio were rated as three stars with standard safety equipment, but four and five stars respectively when tested with optional safety packs.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, commented: “Euro NCAP is pushing for the fitment of advanced technologies and manufacturers have responded well, with AEB now commonplace on most new cars.

“However, they should not forget the basics of occupant protection in case of a crash. All occupants deserve to be equally well protected, whether they’re an adult driver or a child seated in the rear. The adoption of a 10-year-old child dummy in our test last year allows us to highlight areas for improvement, even in five star cars.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.