The forthcoming Renault Scenic and the Subaru Levorg both recorded five-star overall safety scores in the latest raft of testing from Euro NCAP.
Both cars returned the top scores with the help of standard-fit Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB systems.
Kia and Toyota opted for dual ratings for their Niro hybrid SUV and Hilux pick-up vehicles, respectively, with AEB as part of an optional safety pack.
The Kia Niro recorded a four star score in standard trim and five stars with the option pack and Toyota’s new Hilux was handed a three-star rating with standard equipment and five with the optional safety equipment.
Euro NCAP secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen, said: “It is always good to see safety equipment being fitted as standard, and Renault and Subaru deservedly get top safety ratings for their cars.
“The fact that Toyota are making advanced safety technologies available on pickups, even if only an option at this stage, shows that the Dual Rating scheme is a great way to encourage broader fitment of these systems across all types of vehicles.”