Euro NCAP had a busy year in 2012, the independent crash testing authority having assessed no less than 36 vehicles during the year.

After having tallied up all the results, Euro NCAP has announced the class winners of eight categories, spanning the continuum between small hatchbacks and large SUVs.

The winners performed admirably in each of the four individual assessing criteria, namely adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist systems. Naturally, each vehicle achieved an overall rating of five stars.

SUPERMINI

Renault Clio

Adult occupant: 88%

Child occupant: 89%

Pedestrian: 66%

Safety assist: 99%

SMALL FAMILY CAR

Volvo V40

Adult occupant: 98%

Child occupant: 75%

Pedestrian: 88%

Safety assist: 100%

LARGE FAMILY CAR

BMW 3 Series

Adult occupant: 95%

Child occupant: 84%

Pedestrian: 78%

Safety assist: 86%

SMALL MPV

Ford B-Max

Adult occupant: 92%

Child occupant: 84%

Pedestrian: 67%

Safety assist: 71%

SMALL MPV

Fiat 500L

Adult occupant: 94%

Child occupant: 78%

Pedestrian: 65%

Safety assist: 71%

SMALL 4X4

Ford Kuga

Adult occupant: 94%

Child occupant: 86%

Pedestrian: 70%

Safety assist: 100%

LARGE 4X4

Hyundai Santa Fe

Adult occupant: 96%

Child occupant: 89%

Pedestrian: 71%

Safety assist: 86%

BUSINESS/FAMILY VANS

Ford Transit Custom

Adult occupant: 84%

Child occupant: 90%

Pedestrian: 48%

Safety assist: 71%