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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.

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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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