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Mixed safety ratings in latest crash tests

THE latest round of independent crash tests on new cars has awarded only two out of the six cars studied the maximum five-star rating for adult occupant protection.

The Alfa Romeo 159 and the Peugeot 207 both gained top marks. The Suzuki SX4 and the Hyundai Tucson were awarded four stars and the Kia Cerato three stars. The Chevrolet Aveo, which is not destined for the UK market, was awarded two stars.

For pedestrian protection, the Suzuki SX4, Peugeot 207 and Chevrolet Aveo achieved three stars, the highest mark.

The Alfa Romeo 159, Kia Cerato and Hyundai Tucson gained only one star, a rating which could be improved, according to Euro NCAP.

Euro NCAP chairman Claes Tingvall said: ‘I am pleased to see that Alfa Romeo achieved the coveted five-star rating for adult occupant protection, yet I am disappointed they have not shown the same commitment to pedestrian protection.

‘There is a clear difference emerging between car manufacturers who are trying to improve the protection their cars offer to pedestrians and those who still see it as a low priority. There is no reason why cars cannot provide a high level of protection to all road users.’

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