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Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio get 5 stars ANCAP –  C3 gets four

Both the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio achieved near perfect scores to realise five-star ratings from ANCAP, while the Citroen C3 scored just four stars.

THE ALFA ROMEO Giulia and Stelvio have equaled the near-perfect scores realised by the Volvo XC60 and XC90, realising 98% and 97%, respectively when ANCAP reviewed the crash data generated by EuroNCAP. ANCAP referred to EuroNCAP’s collision data when assessing the recently-launched Citroen C3 and it mirrored the European agency’s rating of just four stars.

Both Alfa Romeo models achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating with good performance across all four key areas of assessment. This rating applies to all 2.0 litre petrol and 2.2 litre diesel Giulia and Stelvio variants.

“These are impressive scores which reflect the effort the brand has put into designing vehicles to keep occupants safe,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

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The Citroen C3’s lack of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) ensured it was impossible for it to realise a five-star rating and with pedestrian protection now also a major factor in testing criteria, the C3 managed just 59% in terms of pedestrian protection. That said, the vehicle performed near flawlessly in all of the structural crash tests so there should be no suggestion the C3 isn’t a safe vehicle for occupants.

“We may not all be drivers, but we are all pedestrians so it is important the design and specification of a vehicle considers the safety of those inside as well as outside the vehicle,” said Goodwin.


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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.