The XC90 scored an impressive 97 percent for adult occupant protection and the maximum 100 percent for safety assist technologies.
An overall ‘win’ for 2015 safety testing scores meant the XC90 also topped Euro NCAP’s “large off-roader” class, while the Mercedes-Benz GLC was declared the safest car in the “small off-roader” group.
Other category winners included the Infiniti Q30 as the safest small family car, which was praised for its pedestrian protection score. Two cars not seen in Australian showrooms - the Volkswagen Touran and Ford S-Max - were declared the safest small and large MPVs respectively.
Mazda’s MX-5 was declared the safest roadster of 2015, but Euro NCAP stressed that last year was a disappointing one for improvements in roadster safety with the category-winner only achieving a 4-star safety rating when tested.
The award also came down to the wire in the large family class, with a tie between Jaguar’s XE and the Toyota Avensis.
Euro NCAP gave the class win to the Jaguar due to its longer list of standard safety features, but noted that the Toyota could be optioned up to a similar spec for a “generally lower price”.
In declaring the 2015 awards, Euro NCAP said new full-width frontal crash testing had led to improvements in rear seatbelt design, and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) continued to find its way into more models.
The year ahead will bring new AEB pedestrian system assessments, which Euro NCAP said would favour new models which already feature the technology.
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