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SsangYong Korando earns the brand its first five-star rating for safety from Euro NCAP
SsangYong Korando earns the brand its first five-star rating for safety from Euro NCAP

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35-star haul for diverse group of cars in latest Euro NCAP testing

  • A supermini, roadster sport, electric small SUV and four small family cars awarded top Euro NCAP ratings
  • All come with standard-fit AEB, Speed Assistance and Lane Assist systems
  • BMW Z4 top scorer on Adult Occupant Protection (97%)
  • Five-star ratings for Audi A1, Ford Focus, Mercedes-Benz CLA and EQC and Škoda Kamiq
  • SsangYong Korando achieves first five-star safety rating for the brand

September’s Euro NCAP results have shown that carmakers are continuing to meet the challenge set by the world’s most rigorous car safety tests. Smaller cars from a variety of categories have not only exhibited strong performance in impact testing but have also been fitted with a range of key crash avoidance technologies.

All seven cars tested were awarded five-star ratings, including the Audi A1, Ford Focus, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Škoda Kamiq and SsangYong Korando.

Matthew Avery, Director of Insurance Research at Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP board member comments, “2019 is shaping up to be one of the most consistent years on record in terms of new car safety. All[1] vehicles tested have been awarded five-star ratings, which is significant given the ever-increasing demands Euro NCAP places on carmakers.”

“It’s also notable that five-star ratings have been awarded to such an eclectic group, proving that good safety performance can be realised whatever the category or sticker price.”

Unswerving commitment to crash avoidance

Achieving a five-star Euro NCAP rating is now impossible without Autonomous Emergency Braking fitted, and this standard has driven near to 100 per cent[2] fitment on this year’s new cars.

“Drivers can have growing confidence that a new car will come straight off the forecourt with Autonomous Emergency Braking, which is great news for accident prevention. Other important crash avoidance technologies such as Lane Assist, to help prevent drivers from running off the road, one of the most catastrophic accident types, and Speed Assistance, are fitted as standard to all seven cars tested too,” said Avery.

A five-star first for SsangYong

The SsangYong Korando is the first car made by the budget South Korean brand to be awarded a five-star rating, with the Tivoli and XLV scoring four-stars in 2016.

“SsangYong has produced solid safety performers in the past, but this is the first time the brand has achieved a five-star rating. A warm welcome to the five-star safety club,” comments Avery.

Vehicle Adult Occupant Protection (%) Child Occupant Protection (%) Vulnerable Road Users (%) Safety Assist (%)
Audi A1 95 85 73 80
BMW Z4 97 87 91 76
Ford Focus 96 87 72 75
Mercedes-Benz CLA 96 91 91 75
Mercedes-Benz EQC 96 90 75 75
Skoda Kamiq 96 85 80 76
SsangYong Korando 96 85 80 76


[1]The Citroën C5 Aircross, DS 3 Crossback and Kia Ceed were awarded five-stars when the optional safety pack is purchased

[2] AEB available on all new cars launched in 2019. AEB not standard-fit for the DS 3 Crossback, optional safety pack required


Thatcham Research is the independent voice of automotive safety, security & repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs and to realise the vision of ‘Safer cars, fewer crashes’, while driving standards in vehicle security.

As well as its world leading crash and track research, Thatcham Research develops repair methods amongst a number of other products and services within the collision repair industry for insurers, motor manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

In addition, Thatcham Research has administered the Association of British Insurer’s (ABI) Group Rating system for the past 50 years. Group Rating is an advisory system intended to provide insurers with the relative risk of private cars and light commercial vehicles.

A founder member of the international Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham Research has also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.

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