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Top 10: Euro NCAP family car results

The European New Car Assessment Programme (or Euro NCAP for short) was launched in 1997 to independently test the safety and crashworthiness of new cars, initially awarding each car a maximum of five stars for adult occupant protection and four for pedestrian safety.

We’ve already taken a look at the results of ’90s superminis, so now’s the turn of that era’s family cars. These are the mid-range saloons and hatchbacks that pounded the motorways throughout the late ’90s and beyond, popular with family car buyers and company sales reps alike. So which ones were the safest according to Euro NCAP? Read on to find out…

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Audi A4

Another German contender that did well by class standards was the first-generation Audi A4, which was launched in 1994 and tested by Euro NCAP three years later. Pedestrian protection was rated at two stars, while adult occupant safety was given a three-star score, albeit with a proviso: ‘The A4 earned three stars for frontal- and side-impact protection,’ reported the testers, ‘but the last star is flagged to indicate that the driver faced an unacceptably high risk of chest injury in the side impact’. Still, compared with some of the A4’s best-selling rivals, that was a pretty good result.

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