Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Whiplash Protection Ratings

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Whiplash Protection Ratings

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Superminis ( Of the 23 supermini seats tested only two, the Renault Modus and Vauxhall Corsa, had front seats which were judged to be good in terms of whiplash protection. A dozen models earned the lowest possible ratings, including the Renault Clio. Five seats were acceptable, three marginal and 13 poor.

Small family cars ( The new Ford Focus was the only model to achieve a good rating out of the 23 seats tested. Most were rated marginal or poor and the new Citroen C4, Renault Megane CC, Volkswagen Beetle and the Volkswagen Golf were considered to be unacceptable.

Large family cars ( Seven models won top rankings. They are the Ford Mondeo, Nissan Primera, Renault Laguna, Saab 9-3, Seat Toledo, Volvo S40 and Volvo S60. Six cars were rated as acceptable, seven were marginal and nine poor.

Small MPVs ( More than half of the 13 cars tested were rated as good or acceptable, with the Ford Focus C-Max, Nissan Almera Tino, Renault Scenic and Seat Altea in the top band, while four were found to be acceptable, two marginal and three poor. …

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