The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has released the results of its latest crash test results, and the seventh batch for 2015 sees 15 vehicles being rated. Of the 15, 11 achieved a five-star rating while two obtained a four-star rating. Of the remaining two, one received three stars and the other, a poor two-star rating.

The 11 five-star rated vehicles were the F48 BMW X1, Infiniti Q30, Jaguar XE, second-gen X260 Jaguar XF, fourth-gen JF Kia Optima, third-gen SL Kia Sportage, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Opel/Vauxhall Astra K, Renault Megane IV and Renault Talisman. The two four-star rated cars were the F54 MINI Clubman and Nissan NP300 Navara.

Meanwhile, the E89 BMW Z4, the third roadster tested by the programme this year, fared rather poorly. Euro NCAP said that despite a facelift in 2013, the Z4 has not kept up with the advancements in Euro NCAP’s rating scheme – lacking crash avoidance technologies such as AEB, lane assist and speed assist systems found on other popular BMW models, the Z4 received a three-star rating.

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The poorest result was obtained by the Lancia Ypsilon, which only received a two-star rating. The evaluators said that the car fell short in important areas of the assessment, such as adult occupant protection and safety assist. The agency added that in terms of safety, the new Ypsilon does little to maintain the legacy of a once famous brand in Europe, and consumers can find much better choices in this segment.

Euro NCAP said that most of all the cars in this round of testing not only offer low and/or high speed autonomous braking (AEB) systems – either as an option or as standard fitment – but also have incorporated more advanced restraint technology on the rear seats to cope with the newest full-width frontal crash test, and this was reflected by the high proportion of five-star ratings.