Smaller cars are getting safer for their occupants, according to the latest phase of Euro NCAP crash tests.

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 particularly well in the testing programme, scoring five stars for Occupant Protection, four stars for Child Protection and a creditable three stars for Pedestrian Protection.

The Seat Altea – classified as a Small MPV – is also showing the way forward, scoring 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 particularly well in the tests and with a belt reminder fitted to all seating positions underlines the importance of fastening your seat belt.

The Euro NCAP Phase 15 ratings, incorporated 13 new models and one previously tested:

  • Seven received the maximum five star rating for Occupant Safety
  • Nine received the maximum four star rating for Child Protection
  • No cars received the maximum four star rating for Pedestrian Protection
  • Nine cars received merely a one star rating for Pedestrian Protection

The dichotomy between Occupant Protection and Pedestrian Protection ratings is particularly stark with the Audi A6, Renault Modus, VW Touareg, and the Citroën C5.

Claes Tingvall, Euro NCAP Chairman, said: “Manufacturers have realised that the occupants of smaller vehicles demand 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.  I am particularly delighted that the Citroën C4 and the Seat Altea also offer an enhanced level of protection for Vulnerable Road Users.”

“It is a major disappointment that nine of the fourteen models tested were worthy of 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.”

Summary of Results

SuperminisOccupant ProtectionChild ProtectionPedestrian Protection
Renault Modus
 
5 stars4 stars1 star
Hyundai Getz
 
4 stars4 stars1 star
Fiat Panda
 
3 stars2 stars1 star
KIA Picanto
 
3 stars4 stars1 star
Small Family Cars
Citroën C4
 
5 stars4 stars3 stars        
Ford Focus
 
5 stars4 stars2 stars
BMW 1-Series
 
5 stars3 stars1 star
Large Family Cars
Citroën C5
 
5 stars3 stars1 star
Skoda Octavia
 
4 stars4 stars2 stars
Executive Cars
Audi A6
 
5 stars4 stars1 star
BMW 5-Series
 
4 stars4 stars1 star
Small MPV
Seat Altea
 
5 stars4 stars3 stars
Large Off-Roader   
VW Touareg
 
5 stars4 stars1 star
Test Update
Mazda 2
 
4 stars3 stars2 stars