EuroNCAP, the European New Car Assessment Program, has released its crash test data from 2017, with three SUVs included in the best safety data.
This includes crash and safety information from its seventy crash tests throughout the year, meaning the crossovers topped the lists making them safer than traditional passenger cars.
As you would expect, Volvo scored highly with its new XC60, coming out on top of the “Large Off-Road” class in EuroNCAP’s testing.
Meanwhile the Subaru XV headed the list in the “Small Family Car” category, along with its sibling the Impreza.
The other SUV included was the Volkswagen T-Roc, which scored best in the “Small Off-Road” Class.
Each vehicle was naturally awarded five stars for safety, but more importantly, each offers both active and passive safety systems.
Safety data is continuously recognising the role of active safety in preventing crashes before they happen, with things like autonomous braking and lane drift assistants lending a higher score to those vehicles which have it included as standard.
EuroNCAP says that speed assistance systems were offered on 92 per cent of the new cars tested, and was standard equipment on 82 per cent of vehicles sold.
“It is encouraging to see so many new cars performing so well in all areas of safety, and being equipped with greater and greater levels of life-saving technology,” said Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP.
The inclusion of SUVs among the top safety picks for vehicles goes against the common wisdom that SUVs and crossovers are actually more unsafe thanks to their higher ride height and higher centre of gravity.
Conventional thinking (which is backed up by the NHTSA) says that SUVs are more likely to roll over, which would actually make them less safe.
However, the inclusion of the active safety systems prevents vehicles from getting involved in situations where the car is sliding and more likely to tip as a result.
The long and short of it is if you want a safe car, buy the latest model you can, and don’t automatically cross that SUV off your list.