New Range Rover received five NCAP stars

New Range Rover received five NCAP stars

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover's new medium-sized luxury SUV, the Range Rover Velar, has been awarded Euro NCAP and ANCAP's top safety rating achieving high scores across all areas of assessment.

"The Velar arrives to our market with strong all-round safety performance resulting in a 5-star ANCAP safety rating," said ANCAP chief executive officer, James Goodwin.

"Autonomous emergency braking is provided as a standard feature on the Velar, and it operates effectively at high and low-speeds, and can detect and react to pedestrians."

The Velar saw 'good' levels of protection offered to occupants in the side impact test which replicates a traditional T-bone crash as well as the oblique pole test which replicates a run off road crash where the vehicle strikes a tree or light pole.

"Maximum points were scored for adult occupants in these two lateral crash tests, and child occupant protection – which looks at the protection offered for a six year old and 10 year old child – was also good."

A 'marginal' level of protection was recorded for the chest of the rear seat adult occupant in the full width frontal test.

Earlier, Euro NCAP said the SUV segment had continued to grow more than any other and sales of small SUVs were expected to reach 2m in 2018.

Fifteen popular SUVs, large and small, have already been tested by Euro NCAP since the start of 2016. These include sport utility vehicles by established players, such as the Jeep Compass and the Audi Q5, as well as new entrants like the Seat Ateca, Škoda Kodiaq and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. 
The Velar had achieved a five star safety rating and, in this increasingly crowded segment, became one of the best overall performers, with good results in all aspects of safety.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said, "Twenty years on from when Euro NCAP started, it's encouraging to see a competitive safety environment still working. All of the SUVs we have tested in the last couple of years have had a five star rating and the Velar is towards the top of the table in all areas of assessment.That's great news for consumers, who are able to buy the kind of cars they like with the confidence that they offer high levels of protection."

Euro NCAP expects to publish the results of several more recently launched SUVs before the end of this year. Included in these will be the long awaited Jaguar F-Pace with which the Velar shares much of its architecture. 

Jeremy Hicks, managing director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: "For Velar customers, only the best is good enough and we are delighted the fourth Range Rover has been awarded five-star safety credentials. This, combined with excellent residual values and stunning design really set Velar out as a car that appeals to the heart and the head."

The Velar secured an overall Euro NCAP rating of 84%.

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