EIGHT of this year's newest cars have achieved the highest possible five star rating in the latest round of safety tests by independent testing experts Euro NCAP.
A dozen cars were put to the test to determine how well they protect occupants including children, pedestrians and cyclists in the event of an accident and for the level and effectiveness of fitted safety assistance systems including crash avoidance technologies.
And the Tesla Model X, Porsche Taycan, Audi Q7, Renault Captur, Subaru Forester, Skoda Octavia, Ford Mondeo and Ford Kuga all achieved the coveted five-star rating.
The Peugeot 2008 also achieved a five star rating when fitted with an optional safety pack and four stars with standard safety equipment. The Volkswagen Sharan and its SEAT sibling, the Alhambra, also achieved four star ratings.
Euro NCAP's testers singled out the Tesla as thestand-out performer" in achieving 94 percent for its safety assistance technology and an impressive 98 percent for adult occupant protection, making it a strong contender for the Best in Class title this year.
But there were harsh words for the facelifted Jeep Renegade which could only manage a three star ratingthe only car tested so far this year to achieve a Euro NCAP rating of less than four stars.
Says Euro NCAP's secretary general Michiel van Ratingen:"Well done to Tesla and the other 5 stars performers for not only bringing best in class performance in testing but alsomaking safety systems accessible and standard across the European market.
"It is alsogood to see manufacturers - Ford and Volkswagen in this case -standardising AEB (automatic emergency braking) andkeeping safety up-to-date even for older cars, to the benefit of their customers.
"It's a pitythat not everyone follows this example, and by prioritising looks over substance Jeepended up at the bottom of the list of this year's rated cars. The good news is thatconsumers have more choice than ever to find a safer alternative.