The Opel Astra and VW Golf 5 - both of which will be arriving in SA soon – are among eight cars awarded the maximum Euro NCAP five-star rating for occupant protection.

The Opel Astra and VW Golf - both of which will be arriving in SA soon – are among eight cars awarded the maximum Euro NCAP five-star rating for occupant protection.


The Toyota Prius (first hybrid car to be tested by Euro NCAP), achieved the highest rating for child protection.


Other cars in the top eight included the Toyota Verso MPV and Volvo S40 (distinguished by having an intelligent seat belt reminder for the rear seats), both of which were recently launched in South Africa. Two other top-rated models, the Peugeot 407 and Renault Mégane CC, are said to be on their way to the local market.


Euro NCAP made special mention of the Mégane CC for being the first car ever to achieve the maximum score possible in the stringent frontal impact test. The Honda Jazz, which has been on the South African market for a while, became the first supermini to be awarded the three star rating for pedestrian protection.


Claes Tingvall, the chairman of Euro NCAP, said: "I am pleased to see that eight cars achieved the five star Euro NCAP rating for occupant protection and note that manufacturers are setting targets for new designs of car at four and five stars.


"Honda continues to lead in the development of pedestrian friendly car fronts, but I am disappointed to see that other manufacturers lag so far behind. Manufacturers have risen to the challenge for occupant and child protection; it is now time for them to redouble their efforts and move forward in this safety area".


Summary of results:


Family Cars


Peugeot 407:

Occupant Protection : 5 stars

Child Protection : 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection : 2 stars



Saab 9-3 Convertible

Occupant Protection : 5 stars

Child Protection : 3 stars

Pedestrian Protection : 1 star


Toyota Prius

Occupant Protection : 5 stars

Child Protection : 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection : 2 stars


Volvo S40

Occupant Protection : 5 stars

Child Protection : 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection : 2 stars


Small family cars


Opel Astra

Occupant Protection : 5 stars

Child Protection : 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection : 1 star


Renault Mégane CC

Occupant Protection : 5 stars

Child Protection : 3 stars

Pedestrian Protection : 2 stars


VW Golf

Occupant Protection : 5 stars

Child Protection : 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection : 3 stars


Supermini


Honda Jazz

Occupant Protection : 4 stars

Child Protection : 3 stars

Pedestrian Protection : 3 stars


Small MPVs


Toyota Corolla Verso

Occupant Protection : 5 stars

Child Protection : 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection : 2 stars


Fiat Doblo

Occupant Protection : 3 stars

Child Protection : 3 stars

Pedestrian Protection : 1 star


Roadsters


BMW Z4

Occupant Protection : 4 stars

Child Protection : Not applicable

Pedestrian Protection : 2 stars


Opel Tigra

Occupant Protection : 4 stars

Child Protection : Not applicable

Pedestrian Protection : 2 stars