New results from Euro NCAP
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European crash testing organisation Euro NCAP has released the results of its latest round of tests and it is top scores for the Suzuki SX4, Peugeot 2008, Jeep Cherokee and Mercedes-Benz CLA. Job done, pat on the back and onto the next one!
Not quite, digging deeper into the scores reveals that, while all four models achieved five-star ratings, there were differences between the vehicles in individual tests, hardly surprising with a field made up of an SUV, a pair of compact crossovers and a four-door coupé/saloon. Of the four cars the Jeep and Suzuki scored the highest for adult safety with the Suzuki getting the nod for its ability to protect children. Both the SX4 and Peugeot 2008 tied for the protection offered to pedestrians. Euro NCAP pointed out that the methodology for this test has changed since the Peugeot 208 (the car that the 2008 is based upon) was tested and commended the French manufacturer for reacting quickly to the changes.
Considering its high bonnet it perhaps comes as no surprise that the Jeep scored the lowest mark of the four cars for pedestrian safety with its leading edge coming in for particular criticism. Seems the divisive design of the front grille is not just an aesthetics thing, it's a safety one too. The Jeep did score maximum points for the protection offered by its bumper however.
Mercedes-Benz also came in for special commendation for its Attention Assist and Collision Prevention Assist (emergency braking) systems that are designed to avoid accidents in the first place. The CLA is also the safest car to be run over by thanks to its active bonnet, which rises up away from the engine block in the case of an accident, giving better protection to any pedestrians unfortunate enough to be struck.
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