Five stars for prestige pair
THE latest European prestige cars, the BMW 5 Series and Alfa Romeo Giulietta, have both claimed a predictable five-star ranking in the latest round of European NCAP tests.
But the Mazda CX-7 was a four-star disappointment despite a five-star ranking in Australia.
The BMW and Alfa both scored better than 90 per cent for occupant safety, and more than 80 per cent for child occupant protection, with the BMW also getting a perfect score for safety assist features.
The difference in rankings for the Mazda comes down to a new scoring system for the European testing, which is tough on whiplash protection.
‘‘While we’re certainly aware of the news surrounding the Euro NCAP score for Mazda CX-7, all CX-7s sold here in Australia have a five-star ANCAP rating and this has not changed,’’ Steve Maciver of Mazda Australia said.