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Small cars are getting safer – RAC

Smaller cars are getting safer for their occupants, RAC Foundation claims as the latest phase of Euro NCAP crash tests are revealed at a press conference at the Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid.

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
Executive Cars
Audi A6 5 stars 4 stars 1 star
BMW 5-Series 4 stars 4 stars 1 star
Small MPV
Seat Altea 5 stars 4 stars 3 stars
Large Off-Roader
VW Toureg 5 stars 4 stars 1 star
Test Update
Mazda 2 4 stars 3 stars 2 stars

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