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Three of the safest SUVs you can buy score five-star ratings in first Euro NCAP crash tests of the year

THE results of the first crash tests of the year have been revealed, and three SUVs have scored top safety ratings.

The Honda CR-V, Mercedes-Benz G-Class and SEAT Tarraco were all awarded five stars under Euro NCAP’s tougher 2019 regulations.

The SEAT Tarraco has one of the best adult occupant scores
Euro NCAP

And even more impressive was the Tarraco’s score of 97 per cent in adult occupant protection, which is amongst the best achieved by a car in this category.

All three large off-roaders scored 90 per cent or more for adult protection, and over 80 per cent for child protection.

The trio also received extra points for including Intelligence Speed Assistance (ISA) features.

ISA systems are able to identify speed limits and prevent the car from speeding over that limit.

The Honda CR-V was one of the first cars to score 5 stars in 2019
Euro NCAP
The G-Class mixes safety with classic style
Euro NCAP

And despite such impressive safety features coming as standard, two of the SUVs are still rather affordable.

Honda’s new CR-V has a starting price of £25,995, while the Seat Tarraco weighs in at around £28,000.

But those looking to splash out on the G-Class will pay at least £94,000 for the luxury.

Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, said: “Here we have three new vehicles, competing in the same segment and getting top safety ratings.

“That’s impressive enough but the fact that all three off-roaders are equipped with pedestrian and cyclist AEB systems really demonstrates the power of consumer testing not only to encourage better performance but also to promote new technologies as standard-fit across Europe.”

You can pick up a SEAT Tarraco from £28,000
Euro NCAP
And a CR-V from around £26,000
Euro NCAP

In the 2018 tests, four large off-roaders were given five stars.

The BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai NEXO and VW Touareg all received top scores.

But the Jeep Wrangler was one of the worst performers of the year with just one star, while the Suzuki Jimny was also below par for an off-road vehicle.

Matthew Avery, Director of Research, Thatcham Research, said: “Last year we saw a couple of off-road vehicles with crash performance undermining their rugged looks.

“The three SUVs kicking off 2019’s Euro NCAP programme all performed very well in impact and collision avoidance tests.

“The Seat Tarraco’s 97 per cent score for Adult Occupant Protection is notable and will be the target for 2019, which looks like being a bumper year with many new models being tested.

You’ll have to pay slightly more for the safety of a G-Class
Euro NCAP


“It’s also good to see the Mercedes-Benz G-Class achieve that tricky balance of keeping the charm of an old classic, while uplifting its safety performance.

“These vehicles are also setting a safety technology marker. All three have standard-fit Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which operates effectively at different speeds and can detect pedestrians and cyclists. We’d expect all carmakers to fit AEB as standard on new models released in 2019, whatever the segment.

“This important safety technology that Euro NCAP has advocated since 2012 will now be standard fit in Europe following the recent announcement of the new European General Safety Regulations.”

Source: The Sun Motors – Three of the safest SUVs you can buy score five-star ratings in first Euro NCAP crash tests of the year

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