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Audi’s Q4 e-tron scores five stars in latest round of Euro NCAP safety tests

Audi’s Q4 e-tron scores five stars in latest round of Euro NCAP safety tests

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Audi’s new Q4 e-tron has scored the top rating during a new round of Euro NCAP safety tests.

The new EV - which can return up to 316 miles on a single charge - was awarded five stars in the assessment, with the Q4 tested in multiple impact scenarios including front-on and side collisions.

All manner of electrified vehicles did well in the tests, with two new offerings from China - the Lynk & Co 01 hybrid and NIO’s ES8 electric car - both scoring a full five stars and the former gaining praise for its 96 per cent adult occupant score.

Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, said, “A wave of China-made new energy vehicles in Europe is under way with new models launched by BYD, XPeng, DFSK, Seres, etc. Unfortunately, many of these are still not so transparent to European consumers when it comes to safety.

“Lynk & Co and NIO, however, show that ‘Made in China’ is not any longer a pejorative term when it comes to car safety. Here we have two new cars, both Chinese-developed, performing extremely well in our tests. It’s clear that all manufacturers know that Euro NCAP will hold them to high standards if they want to sell cars in Europe and it is gratifying that they are prepared to make the investment to get the best safety ratings.”

Toyota’s hydrogen-powered Mirai was also subjected to the tests, with a close eye put upon how the car would react to impacts given its alternative fuel. However, Euro NCAP found that the hydrogen powertrain had no effect on the Mirai’s inherent safety.