2012 Subaru XV - 5 stars from Euro NCAP [video]
At the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety performance tests the new XV has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating. The reason for that is that the latest crossover vehicle Subaru scored extremely highly in the occupant protection category and was praised for its full complement of safety equipment.
Euro NCAP's safety performance test is the industry standard across the continent and more importantly is one of the most strict programmes in the world.
What captures attention here is that the XV benefits from Subaru's symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system, combined with the introduction of an advanced impact energy relay structure, ensures that the driver and passengers are well-protected in the event of a collision. This contemporary design makes use of high-tensile steel, which acts beneficially for the overall improvement of the safety and reduces the weight throughout the car.
Next is the dual front and side airbags, which also have been installed as standard, with driver's knee, curtain and torso airbags ensuring the car scored maximum points for side protection. VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) is the Subaru's version of ESP. It provides greater stability through the use of sensors throughout the AWD system.
Euro NCAP, through its international test program, provides car manufacturers and motorists with an independent safety evaluation, and assesses the protection for adult and child occupants, and put highlights on pedestrian protection and safety equipment.