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Euroncap ford fiesta 2009



SAFETY is front of mind when selecting a secondhand motor.

Every car on the road is legally required to pass a safety tests before they can be sold. The Euro NCAP test encourages manufactures to go that one step further and make the cars surpass the minimum requirements.

Here are ten cars with a 5 STAR EURO NCAP rating - how does yours fare?

Dummy readings indicated that the knees and thigh bone of the driver and passenger were well protected. Maximum points were scored for protection of the 3 year infant based on the dummy result from the impact tests.

The driver dummy scored maximum points, with good protection of all body regions. Maximum points were scored in the side barrier test with all parts of the body well protected. No wonder the Nissan SUV is so popular.

The ZOE scored maximum points for its protection of the 1½ year infant. For pedestrians, the bumper provided good protection for their legs in all areas tested and scored maximum points. The front edge of the bonnet offered marginal protection to the pelvis area however.

Driver safety. Good success rate in a head-on collision

Dummy readings indicated good protection of all body regions for the front passenger, and for all body regions except the lower legs of the driver. In terms of child safety, the Focus scored the maximum points for the protection of the 3 year child in the frontal and side impact tests. 92% is a very good score by safety standards.

Protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision are good. For the child test, forward movement of the head was not excessive in the frontal impact, and the dummy was properly contained within the protective shell of its restraint - five stars were awarded overall.

Pedestrians beware. Just a 50% success rate for those on the outside of the car

The driver and passengers scored well, although the pedestrian results were worrying, with a score of just 46% for those hit by an A1. Based on dummy readings the A1 scored maximum points for the protection offered to the 3 year dummy inside the car.

Structurally and internally, the new car is identical to the one tested in 2005 and test results for the frontal, side barrier and side pole impacts have been carried over from then. The car scored maximum points in the side barrier impact, providing good protection for all body regions. However, the steering column was thought to pose a risk to those occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions, and protection of this body region was rated as adequate but five stars overall.

For the driver the front seats and head restraints provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. 83% was given for child protection with two three-year old dummies moving little in the head on collision.

Head on. The Countryman scored five stars in testing

Maximum points were scored for protection of the 18 month infant in the popular 4x4. For those in the front. maximum points were scored with every body region being well protected in a side crash. High safety marks were given for safety during a head-on collision.

Range Rover. You'd expect something so big to be safe, from the inside at least

The C4 Picasso scored maximum points for the protection provided by the bumper to pedestrians' legs, as well as maximum points for its protection of the 3 year dummy. While in the front, Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and thigh bones of the driver and passenger.

C4 Picasso. Top marks, including 88% for child safety

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