Renault Espace Euro NCAP 2015Euro NCAP has revealed safety test results for four newly-launched cars – and it’s an even split between five stars and four for them.

Both the Suzuki Vitara and Renault Espace score a full five-star rating, the former giving the Japanese brand a useful safety fillip after its Celerio braking headache earlier this year.

The Renault Espace crash test score is also impressive, which makes it all the more regrettable the stylish MPV-crossover won’t be sold here in the UK.

Two supermini-sized cars score four stars: the Mazda2 supermini and the Fiat 500C crossover. With both, it was a lack of standard Safety Assist features that let them down, rather than any major flaws in vehicle integrity.