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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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Citroen Xantia

One of the worst results here was recorded by the Xantia, which scored a lowly one star for pedestrian protection, and had the second of its two stars for adult occupant safety ‘struck through’ because of a number of concerns. Euro NCAP explained that the Xantia had ‘poor protection offered to the driver’s head and chest in the side impact’, while the front-impact test saw ‘excessive movement of the screen pillar’ and meant that the ‘driver’s door could be opened only by using tools’. Unfortunately for Citroen, it was a poor result even by standards of the time

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