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Euro NCAP latest results: Ford Kuga, Audi A4

Wed, 28 May 2008

By Ben Pulman

Motor Industry

28 May 2008 16:53

According to the latest Euro NCAP ratings, you’re better off being hit by the new Ford Kuga than the latest Audi A4. The Blue Oval’s SUV notched up three stars while the Audi A4 only scored two in pedestrian impact tests.

The Ford Kuga also achieved four stars for child occupancy and five for adult occupancy. The latter two scores put it on par with the VW Tiguan and Land Rover Freelander.

Conversely, although both the Audi A4 and Skoda Superb notched up the same star ratings across the board, the Czech actually edged the German on points for its adult occupancy score.

Euro NCAP also crashed a couple of city cars. The Hyundai i10 scored four stars for adult occupancy, and the Seat Ibiza won five. Both cars also achieved three stars for pedestrian safety.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said he was impressed with the progress made in child occupant ratings, but was disappointed that ‘no clear progress was seen in pedestrian protection despite approaching legislation. Only three of the seven cars achieved a three star score in this rating.’

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By Ben Pulman