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Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 get five stars in latest Euro NCAP results

Vehicles tested included the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7, which both gained five-star ratings but Euro NCAP added that it was the XC90 that made the biggest impression by earning full marks in the crash avoidance and driver assistance tests.

Meanwhile the VW Touran and Ford’s Galaxy and S-MAX MPVs also scored five stars along with the Renault Kadjar and the new Toyota Avensis.

Finally, the Mazda CX-3 and Mitsubishi L200 scored four stars apiece, with Euro NCAP highlighting that whilst good occupant protection is still the back bone of a top rating in Euro NCAP, the availability and performance of avoidance and driver support systems, which will ultimately pave the way for highly automated vehicles, is becoming increasingly important. It added that whilst both vehicles offer good overall safety they have been rated four star as the L200 is not fitted with autonomous emergency braking system, while the Mazda CX-3 offers AEB as an option but with an expected low uptake.

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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.