The Euro NCAP requirements will be tougher than ever next year thanks to more stringent measures placed on pedestrian safety
From 2012 five star-cars will have to achieve a minimum 60 per cent score in pedestrian safety, up from this year’s 40% marker.
As such, none of the cars tested this month would be eligible for next year’s change, with the Audi A6, Vauxhall Ampera and Citroën DS5 only just making this year’s threshold with 41, 41 and 40 per cent
Coming top in pedestrian safety was the Volkswagen Jetta, which scored 56%, however this is still 4 per cent lower that the minimum for 2012.
Every new car tested this month by Euro NCAP currently receives five stars overall, apart from the Kia Picanto. The Picanto only received 4 stars because its Electronic Stability control is not standard across all versions in all European markets. All UK versions however, do feature ESP as standard.
The Chevrolet Aveo and Chevrolet Orlando showed good whiplash and adult-occupant protection scores (95 per cent for both), while the Hyundai i40, the VW Jetta and the VW Golf Cabriolet received high scores for child-occupant protection (all achieving 86 per cent). Highest in the group was the Chevrolet Aveo, scoring 87 per cent for child safety.
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