Euro NCAP, the European car safety assessment program have bestowed its coveted five-star rating to five new vehicles, which are Ford B-MAX, Volvo V40, Renault Clio, Kia Cee’d and the Audi A3.

The report by Euro NCAP states that Ford has achieved the five-star safety rating with the B-Max by doing away with the B-pillars. Instead, the structure is incorporated into the doors to form a central post when the doors are shut. The innovation earned the B-Max a score of 92% for adult occupant protection.

The Volvo V40 is Euro NCAP’s all time top scorer in its segment. What sets the V40 apart from its competitors is the Pedestrian Airbag technology, which comes standard across the V40 range. The bonnet is raised and the exterior airbag is deployed in a split second – partially covering the A-pillars and windscreen – when sensors detect a collision with a pedestrian. This has earned the car an 88% score in pedestrian protection, the highest achieved in this part of the assessment.

The five-star safety rating is also accorded to the Renault Clio, Kia Cee’d and Audi A3. The hatchbacks’ improved pedestrian protection, improved child safety and better safety equipment are just some of the factors that Euro NCAP favours.