2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, Volkswagen Tiguan earn five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings

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Euro NCAP, the European partner to the local Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has given the new Alfa Romeo Giulia and Volkswagen Tiguan the maximum five-star safety rating. These scores suggest similar ratings could be on the cards for Australia.

Both vehicles were praised for their superior standard safety equipment that is fitted as standard throughout Europe, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

The Alfa Romeo Giulia scored a near-perfect 98 per cent for adult occupant protection, while scoring a respectable 81 per cent for child safety, 69 per cent for pedestrian and 60 per cent for its safety assistance systems.

Achieving similar results was the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan, which scored an impressive 96 per cent for adult protection, 84 per cent for children, 72 per cent for pedestrian and 68 per cent for safety assistance systems.

From the beginning of this year, Euro NCAP has introduced a dual-rating approach where the default rating issued is based on standard safety equipment available throughout the model’s range. Manufacturers are also able to apply for a second rating for additional safety equipment offered as options.

Also scoring the maximum five-star rating was the Seat Ateca SUV – a close relative of the new Tiguan – which also features AEB as standard equipment. Seat is yet to make a return to the Australian market, so it’s unlikely we will see the model locally anytime soon.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said: “Euro NCAP shows what can be achieved when governments, consumer groups and motoring clubs from across Europe collaborate”.

“We’re glad to see some of the major manufacturers making safety equipment standard across [the European Union], although we know that markets outside the Eurozone are sometimes less well served.”

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is scheduled for launch in Australia in the first quarter of 2017, while the Volkswagen Tiguan will arrive in local showrooms this September.

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