Seven new cars have been put through their safety paces by Euro NCAP and all fared well, particularly in the child protection test.
A four-star rating for child occupant protection went to the Audi A4, Skoda Superb, Citroën Berlingo, Ford
Kuga, Volkswagen Caravelle T5, Hyundai i10 and SEAT Ibiza.
Although a five-star rating is theoretically the maximum, no car currently on the market has yet achieved it.
The rating is based on the evaluation of manufacturers’ recommended child restraints for 18-month-old and three-year-old children.
Of the seven cars tested, four achieved Euro NCAP’s maximum five-star rating for adult occupant protection – the SEAT, Skoda, Audi and Ford.
The rest all scored four stars.
Only three of the seven cars achieved a three-star score in pedestrian protection – the Hyundai, SEAT and Ford.
The Skoda, Citroën and Audi scored two stars and the Volkswagen one star.