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Range Rover Evoque takes top Euro NCAP honours

Range Rover Evoque takes top Euro NCAP honours


Euro NCAP has awarded the new Range Rover Evoque top honours for safety in its latest round of testing.

The compact SUV achieved a five-star rating, scoring 94 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupants, 72 per cent in pedestrian safety and 73 per cent for its suite of safety technology.

The independent safety board commended the Evoque for progress made over the first-generation car’s pedestrian safety rating, following the standard inclusion of autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

Front of a Range Rover Evoque smashed up from Euro NCAP testing

Also tested was the Citroen C5 Aircross, receiving a four-star rating in its standard guise — although the optional inclusion of Safety+ Pack bumps this up to five stars. This pack is available on all but the entry-level trim of the French SUV in the UK market, and brings autonomous emergency braking plus cyclist detection to the car.

With the pack fitted, it achieved an 89 per cent score for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent in child occupant safety, 67 per cent for pedestrians and 82 per cent for the level of assistance technology included.

Euro NCAP Testing Citroen C5 Aircross

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said: “These results show that car manufacturers are still keen and able to achieve the highest safety ratings. It is especially encouraging to see the continued widespread deployment and improvement of advanced technologies such as AEB and lane support.

“It is good news that some of the basic driver assist technologies will finally be mandated from 2022, but thankfully most vehicle manufacturers are already way ahead of the curve today.”

Euro NCAP — European New Car Assessment Programme — was established in 1997 to create an independent standard for consumers to compare vehicle safety.