Skoda Superb 2015The new Skoda Superb has scored a full five stars in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash safety tests, joining “the ranks of Top Safety Achievers” in the process.

It’s a missed target for Hyundai though, whose latest i20 supermini scored four stars rather than five. And it’s real disappointment for Fiat, whose Panda Cross scored just three stars.

Hyundai didn’t get a top rating because the i20, while offering strong crash protection, doesn’t have an autonomous emergency braking system.

The Panda Cross? That has hardly anything in the way of safety assist tech – and, more worryingly, “failed to impress in Euro NCAP’s latest full width crash test”.

This test is designed to assess the level of protection given to smaller occupants in both the driver’s seat and rear passenger seat. Given the target market of the Fiat Panda Cross citycar, its suspect protection for children will be of concern.

Of the 10 cars tested by Euro NCAP so far in 2015, only three have scored a full five-star rating. They are:

  • Renault Espace
  • Skoda Superb
  • Suzuki Vitara