Euro NCAP has published the safety ratings of eight new vehicles and has named the Volvo XC60 the best all-round performer of 2017 so far.

The XC60 achieved 98% in adult occupant protection tests. With an array of driver assistance features, it matches the performance of the XC90, tested by Euro NCAP in 2015.

The other seven vehicles tested in Euro NCAP’s latest round were the VW T-Roc, Škoda Karoq and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in the small off-road category; the Citroën C3 Aircross and Opel Crossland X in the small MPV category; and two superminis – the new VW Polo and the SEAT Ibiza’s partner, the Arona. All cars achieved a maximum five-star rating.

“Of course, it is great to see the likes of Volvo producing cars that get almost-full marks in some areas of our tests, and it demonstrates why Euro NCAP has to keep adapting its requirements,” said Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP. “Next year will see new tests and even tougher requirements for five stars. But it is the high-selling mass-market vehicles that will really influence road safety in the future and manufacturers like Nissan, Ford, SEAT and VW are to be congratulated for democratising safety by making high-tech safety assistance available on their superminis. We expect Renault, whose Clio leads European sales in this segment, to follow suit in due course.”