The myth that SUVâ€™s were somehow safer than the average well engineered sedan was debunked years ago and its been continually proven through crash testing that SUVâ€™s are not always the best place to be in the event of an accidentâ€¦until now. The latest crop of compact SUVâ€™s are rewriting the rule book, with many achieving four star safety ratings in Euro NCAP tests and in the case of the Nissan Tiguan and Land Rover Freelander/LR2 the much prized five star rating.
In the latest round of Euro NCAP testing the new Nissan X-Trail has emerged with a very competent four star rating for adult, child and occupant protection. Points were lost due to injuries being sustained by passenger legs and the driverâ€™s neck during frontal impacts.
Pedestrians being hit by cars is never going to result in an acceptable outcome and the X-Trail is no trail blazer in this regard, scoring a lowly two points out of five for pedestrian protection. Unfortunately, the design of the X-Trails bonnet is not ideal for soaking up pedestrian impacts.