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BYD bags five-star rating in latest Euro NCAP safety tests

BYD ATTO 3 after Euro NCAP crash testing

BYD’s ATTO 3 delivered a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating ahead of its UK market debut as eight new car models delivered the crash tester's top score in the most recent round of results.

The Chinese carmaker – in talks with AM100 car retailer Pendragon ahead of its arrival in the UK market – got off to an impressive start with its compact SUV as

The Mercedes-Benz EQE, Mazda CX-60 SUV, BMW’s X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer, the latest generation of Seat’s Ibiza and Arona, the updated VW Golf were all awarded five stars.

Citroën’s flagship C5 X and the Mobilize Limo were each awarded four stars, meanwhile.

The EQE, the latest addition to Mercedes’ all-electric EQ range, won special praise from Euro NCAP for its Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC driving aid, with Active Steering Assist is available as an option.

If a driver becomes unresponsive, the system’s Active Emergency Stop Assist functionality will safely manoeuvre the car to the slowest lane before bringing it to a halt.

Commenting on the technology, Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen said: “Fully autonomous driving is still some way away, but the groundwork is being laid by robust, high-performing assisted-driving systems like this one from Mercedes.

“Congratulations to them on their ‘Very Good’ grading, and on getting their fourth five-star safety rating this year.”

BYD was said to be destined for the UK market as long ago as 2010. Now, with its arrival imminent, the brand’s ATTO 3 also won plaudits for its full suite of ADAS technologies.

The Citroën C5 X – also built in China by joint-venture Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile – and the electric limo from the Renault-Jiangling joint-venture Mobilize lost points in safety testing due to their “omission of equipment or marginal performance in some of the active safety tests”, Euro NCAP said.

Good all-rounder: Mazda's CX-60 SUVThe safety testing organisation said that Seat’s compact cars also lacked some of the latest safety equipment – most notably centre airbags – but performed strongly elsewhere.

BMW X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer delivered almost identical scores in all parts of the assessment to claim their five-star ratings, meanwhile, while the Mazda CX-60’s impressive all-round performance eared it the top rating.

Volkswagen’s facelifted Golf 8 – recently been updated with the addition of a centre airbag, lap pretensioners, junction assist and a fatigue detection system – saw it deliver five stars against test criteria updated since its last assessment.

Michiel van Ratingen said: “It is excellent to see Volkswagen continually improving the safety of the Golf, to keep abreast of the latest developments and keep pace with competitors.”

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