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Safety body Euro NCAP has just announced the Best in Class cars of 2015 out of 40 vehicles tested last year. The new full-width frontal test, introduced in 2015 has influenced fitment of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters, while autonomous braking tech continues to expand among automakers.

Coming out on top as the best performing large off-roader was the Volvo XC90 (which was incidentally named the 2016 Truck of the Year in Detroit as well), scoring a 97% for adult occupant protection and a maximum of 100% for safety assist technologies.

As for the best small off-roader of 2015, the Mercedes-Benz GLC emerged on top, scoring 95% for adult occupant protection and 89% for child occupant protection. In the large family category the Jaguar XE triumphed, scoring 92% for adult occupant protection and 82% in safety assist tech as all of its safety equipment come as standard.

Onward to the best performing small family car, the Infiniti Q30 showed strong performance in all areas of the assessment. The Q30 scored an impressive 91% for pedestrian protection, thanks to its active bonnet. The Honda Jazz and Suzuki Vitara were on par, however the Jazz was named Euro NCAP’s Best in Class (93% adult occupant protection) due to Honda’s fitment strategy for advanced safety systems.

The Volkswagen Touran was the best performing small MPV, scoring 88% for adult protection and 89% for child occupant protection. The Ford S-MAX/Galaxy (87% for both adult and child occupant protection) however beat the Renault Espace (82% for adult and 89% for child occupant protection) in the large MPV category.

Euro NCAP says that last year, it paid special attention to roadsters – a category of relatively expensive cars, but one in which safety was often overlooked by car makers. Here, the Mazda MX-5 emerged champion as it gained a 4-star Euro NCAP safety rating, making it the best in its category.

Overall, cars from Germany, Sweden, Japan and the UK are the class leaders of 2015. On that note, the year 2016 will be a rather challenging one as the safety body will be introducing assessments of AEB Pedestrian systems.