Euro Ncap safety ratings - what they mean

 The Volvo XC90 was the safest car tested by Euro Ncap in 2015, being awarded five stars for its 97/87/72/100 performance in the adult occupant safety/child occupant safety/pedestrian safety/safety assist technology categories. Volvo's S90 and V90 are the safest cars tested in 2017.

THE European New Car Assessment Programme organises crash tests of the most popular cars sold in Europe.

Euro Ncap awards a star rating which means that the safety performance of vehicles of similar size and age can be compared.

The latest refinement to the test is to offer a so-called dual rating: one which relates to the standard car, and a second which demonstrates the effect of optional safety equipment.

In order to give readers the most helpful information, Irish News Drive, where possible, gives a car's percentage score in the four key areas on which Euro Ncap bases its star rating: adult occupant safety; child occupant safety; pedestrian safety; and safety assist technology.

We will also indicate in which year a car was tested and whether it has a dual rating.

Read more about Euro Ncap here.

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