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Revealed: the popular city cars that FAIL a new crash test

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

It’s fair to say that drivers are pretty well protected in just about any new car on the market today. It’s rare for cars to get anything below the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests, and even the most basic of cars come with equipment like ABS and airbags as standard.

But America’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has devised a new test, which involves a “small overlap front crash” – similar to a head-on crash but only the front corner of a car collides with a solid object. Out of 11 tested “minicars” (city cars and supercars in the UK), only one achieved an acceptable rating.

Please click the image above to find out which cars have been subjected to the crash test


By Andrew Brady, contributor, MSN Cars