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Audi Q7, Hyundai Tucson, Opel Karl and Mazda MX-5 — Euro NCAP

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Five-star Tucson but not Viva MX-5

The Viva was tested in its European form as the Opel Karl. In the front impact test, the dummy's head bottomed out on the airbag, while the chest protection in the side-pole test was described as being poor. Testers say it is a commendable result for models in the Viva's city car category, but added that the crash tests showed up some weaknesses.

However, the car's pedestrian protection came in for special praise, scoring 93% thanks to its standard fit deployable bonnet.

While the features "Lane Keeping Assist System" and the "Speed Limit Information Function" were taken into account by Euro NCAP, the All-New Hyundai Tucson is equipped with a host of other safety features to help avoid accidents, and should the worst happen - and minimize the severity.

Chest protection offered to the rear small female passenger dummy in the latest full-width rigid barrier test was also weak while the driver slipped under the seatbelt, resulting in elevated risk at knee and femur injuries. Four stars it is, but perhaps with better optimised restraint systems the Karl would have made a bigger impression.

However, as with the TT, it lost points for not fitting the latest crash avoidance technology, with Euro NCAP particularly noting the absence of AEB, which it said is offered at least as an option on many similarly priced cars. When compared to its predecessortested in 2006, Euro NCAP said the new Tuscon showed a "worthy evolution" in terms of safety all-round, and more specifically in safety assist.

 

The testers said that the Tucson represented a notable improvement over the previous generation, and the vehicle managed the top score despite only offering AEB as an option. The crash test figures are applying to all of the Q7 vehicles in the specification tested, meaning 3.0 TDI Quattro. Next results will be released on 4 November 2015.

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