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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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Nissan Primera

Launched in late 1996 and therefore a relatively recent design by the time Euro NCAP tested it the following year, the British-built Primera impressed in its crash tests, achieving two stars for pedestrian protection and a healthy three (out of five) for adult occupant safety. Euro NCAP reported that the Primera ‘performed well in the frontal-impact test’, although it did point out that ‘footwell intrusion was extensive’. In the side-impact test the driver’s chest, abdomen and pelvis were struck, resulting in a ‘weak’ rating for chest protection. Overall though, this was a good result for the time. 

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