Jaguar F-Pace scores 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating

Fiat Punto Euro NCAP safety rating 2017

FIATFiat Punto scored lowest Euro NCAP safety rating of 2017

The performance SUV, which also won the 2017 World Car Design of the Year at the 2017 World Car Awards, scored 93 percent for adult occupant protection, 85 percent for child occupant protection and 80 percent for pedestrian protection.

Back when it was first tested in 2005 and under different test criteria, the Punto (then known as the Grande Punto) scored five stars for the protection it offered adult occupants, and three stars for child passengers.

The Punto is not now sold as a new vehicle in New Zealand.

Low impact protection and absence of modern safety-assist technology was the Punto's downfall.

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The list includes the Toyota Aygo (four stars with optional safety equipment), the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Ford's C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, the Vauxhall Viva and the DS 3. "Improvements to active safety technologies, such as Forward Traffic Detection and Driver Condition Monitoring, ensured F-Pace achieved the five-star Euro NCAP score", said Nick Rogers, executive director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover. The rating is so bad that despite getting zero stars from the NCAP, Google's results page still shows it to have one.

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To allow consumers to make a fair comparison to new models, Euro NCAP has taken the step to update the ratings on several recently facelifted cars. While Toyota Yaris managed to get a five-star rating in the latest crash test, most of these cars have now dropped to 3 star ratings in this year's safety tests.

The most extreme example, however, is the FIAT Punto, which has been on sale since 2005 but is still a strong seller in Italy. Superminis like the new Polo, the Fiesta and the Ibiza now come with advanced safety technology as standard, offering the best in crash avoidance and crash protection.

Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP's general secretary, said: "This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting vehicle buyer".

"The results for Ford's C-Max cars disappoint".

The Jaguar F-Pace has added a five-star Euro NCAP rating to its 2017 World Car of the Year title.

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