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Volvo S90 and V90 score highly in Euro NCAP ratings

Euro NCAP has released its latest safety ratings, with Volvos recently launched S90 and V90 models scoring a maximum five-star rating while Fords European Mustang model scored just two. 

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S90 and V90 models scored a maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating.

The crash safety organisation said both Volvos had made a big impression in all areas of its assessment. Standard-fit autonomous emergency braking for cars and pedestrians performed outstandingly well in Euro NCAPs tests and the vehicles also offer lane and speed assistance.

It added that the S90 and V90 results surpass the best overall score of any model tested last year and mean that Euro NCAPs top three best performing cars ever are all Volvos.

In contrast, Fords new Mustang scored a two-star rating for overall safety, marking the first time this rating has been given to a top 10 car brand since 2008.

In response, Euro NCAP highlighted concerns about its crash protection of adult and child occupants and a worrying lack of safety equipment commonly available on the European market.

Matthew Avery, director of research at Euro NCAP accredited crash testing centre, Thatcham Research, said: What really concerns me is that Ford has made a deliberate choice. The car has been designed to score well in less wide-ranging US consumer safety tests and only minor updates have been made to meet required European (pedestrian) safety regulations. This has resulted in poor adult and child protection scores and the high-tech radar collision warning system that is available to US consumers, not being available here in the UK. The two-star Euro NCAP rating is the consequence.

He added that Ford says a facelifted Mustang will be available later this year with Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keep Assist as standard. Euro NCAP expects to test the safety of this updated model when it is available on the European market.

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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.