Euro NCAP’s Phase 15 results featured the Renault Modus – the first car classed as a supermini to receive the coveted five-star rating for Occupant Protection.
The Citroën C4 – classified as a small family car – performed well in the testing programme, scoring five stars for occupant protection, four stars for child protection and three stars for pedestrian protection.
The Seat Altea – classified as a small MPV –scored five stars for occupant protection, four stars for child protection and three stars for pedestrian protection.
The Citroën C5 – classified as a Large Family Car – performed well in the tests and with a belt reminder fitted to all seating positions underlines the importance of fastening your seat belt.
Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, says: "Occupants of smaller vehicles are now demanding optimum safety standards. It is not merely a right reserved for those that can afford executive vehicles.
"The Ford Focus, Renault Modus, Citroën C4 and Seat Altea have performed particularly well in terms of occupant and child protection.
"We are delighted that the Citroën C4 and the Seat Altea also offer an enhanced level of protection for pedestrians and cyclists.
"It is a great shame that nine of the fourteen models tested achieved just one star (out of four) for pedestrian safety. We believe that the public will be demanding more when they make their choice of new vehicle."
|Superminis||Occupant Protection||Child Proctection||Pedestrian Protection|
|Renault Modus||5 stars||4 stars||1 star|
|Hyundai Getz||4 stars||4 stars||1 star|
|Fiat Panda||3 stars||2 stars||1 star|
|Kia Picanto||3 stars||4 stars||1 star|
|Small Family Cars|
|Citroen C4||5 stars||4 stars||3 stars|
|Ford Focus||5 stars||4 stars||2 stars|
|BMW 1-Series||5 stars||3 stars||1 star|
|Large Family Cars|
|Citroen C5||5 stars||3 stars||1 star|
|Skoda Octavia||4 stars||4 stars||2 stars|
|Audi A6||5 stars||4 stars||1 star|
|BMW 5-Series||4 stars||4 stars||1 star|
|Seat Altea||5 stars||4 stars||3 stars|
|VW Toureg||5 stars||4 stars||1 star|
|Mazda 2||4 stars||3 stars||2 stars|