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LAND ROVER'S new Freelander 2 has been awarded a five star rating in the Euro NCAP for adult passenger safety.

It also achieved four stars in the child protection category, but only managed one star for pedestrian protection.

Euro NCAP said the Freelander is the first car in the small off-roader category to score the full five star rating.

Adrian Hobbs, general secretary of Euro NCAP, said he was pleased with the safety improvements Land Rover had made to the Freelander, but was disappointed with the car’s pedestrian rating.

“In this recent test, the Freelander 2 only achieved one star in pedestrian protection, just as it did in 2003. It concerns me that manufacturers are still not considering the dangers posed by their vehicles in relation to the outside environment,” said Hobbs.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara, whose test results were also announced today, provided better protection for pedestrians than the Freelander 2, scoring three stars, the highest in the small off-roader category. The Grand Vitara achieved four stars in adult protection and three stars in child protection.

The Land Rover Freelander 2 takes the side impact pole test.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara takes a front impact smash

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