Honda’s HR-V and Jazz have received the full five stars in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests. Testing regulations get more stringent by the year, so the Japanese carmaker is right to be proud of the endorsement. Both models join the existing five-star rated European Civic and CR-V.

Tests include frontal impact at 64 km/h, with 40% of the width of the car striking a deformable barrier. In the full width test, 100% of the width of the car the car goes into a rigid barrier at 50 km/h. In the side impact test, a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver’s door at 50 km/h. Lastly, the car is propelled sideways at 32 km/h into a rigid pole in the pole test.

Full stars for the Jazz means it is only the second supermini to achieve a five-star rating so far this year. Both Jazz and the HR-V feature Honda’s City-Brake Active system (CTBA) fitted as standard across the range. By using laser technology, the CTBA system scans the road ahead and automatically applies the brakes if a low speed collision is likely.

The mid and high grades on both models feature Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS), a suite of active-safety technologies including Forward Collision Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition System, Intelligent Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning and High-beam Support System, things that not too long ago were exclusive to luxury models.

In September, Mazda’s CX-3, a rival to the HR-V, earned four stars from Euro NCAP. The safety body then hinted that what really cost Mazda the max five stars is the lack of standard autonomous emergency braking. AEB is offered as an option on the CX-3, but uptake is expected to be low. Check out the detailed results in the embedded PDFs below.

Closer to home, the Malaysian-market HR-V and Jazz, both locally assembled in Melaka, obtained their full five stars in July 2015 and August 2014 respectively. The compact SUV scored 15.21 out of 16 points in adult occupant protection (AOP), and four stars (73%) in child occupant protection (COP). The Jazz with six airbags did 15.58 in AOP and four stars (71%) in COP.

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