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Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Full Width Rigid Barrier test 2022 - after crash
Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Full Width Rigid Barrier test 2022 - after crash

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Seeing Stars: Top safety performers revealed in latest Euro NCAP results

All six vehicles in the most recent round of Euro NCAP testing announced today have achieved four or five-star ratings, offering a variety of safe options for drivers to choose from.

The fully electric Kia EV6, What Car? Car of the Year 2022 winner, was given a five-star Euro NCAP rating, with a strong 90% result in the Adult Occupant Protection category. It scored maximum points in Euro NCAP’s challenging side barrier and pole impact assessments, which look at the protection offered to occupants during impacts to the side of the vehicle, where there is very little space to absorb energy.

The Volvo C40 Recharge and Volkswagen Multivan also secured five-star ratings in this latest round, with both achieving the highest Child Occupant Protection score (89%) seen so far in 2022. Both vehicles also come with a centre-console airbag. The airbag is a valuable addition that limits the excursion of the far side occupant, helping to mitigate against occupant-to-occupant collision and head injuries in the event of a side impact.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was another safe performer, its 93% score in Adult Occupant Protection contributing towards a five-star rating overall. The C-Class also has Reverse Autonomous Emergency Braking as an optional extra, a safety technology designed to reduce car parking accidents or collisions with unseen children behind the car.

Matthew Avery, chief research strategy officer, Thatcham Research, comments: "These latest results show that the vast majority of carmakers are working in partnership with Euro NCAP and continuing to increase safety for the benefit of drivers and other road users, resulting in four and five-star cars across a spectrum of price points, sizes and styles.”

The Peugeot 308 and Vauxhall Astra were rated four-stars. “These are still very strong scores, especially when you consider that Euro NCAP raises the bar for safety performance as technology evolves,” comments Avery.

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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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As the UK's only insurer funded automotive research centre, Thatcham Research enjoy a wide remit at the forefront of the latest vehicle technology. Thatcham's leading work in vehicle safety and security has a vital role in shaping the designs of new vehicles, whilst the centre is also seen as a key industry player at the forefront of driving standards in vehicle body repair.

Thatcham's Crash Laboratory is the only official UK crash testing centre for consumer safety body Euro NCAP and are viewed as a centre of excellence when it comes to active vehicle safety, particularly the evaluation of new Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) which provide the foundation for future vehicle autonomy.

Enjoying an increasingly global influence in both the insurance and automotive sectors, Thatcham Research expertise is in great demand with a range of opinion leaders being regularly asked to provide their experience and know-how at high profile events and in the media, living up to their reputation as ‘Experts in Safety, Security and Crash Repair’.

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