Euro NCAP has announced its latest round of safety results for new cars, with the DS 4 and Honda HR-V both receiving four stars. 

The DS 4, which is the French brand’s new premium hatchback that aims to rival the Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class, boasts a stylish design and high-quality interior – Euro NCAP awarded it four out of five stars in standard form. 

Featuring airbags between the driver and front passenger, and a bonnet that can pop up to reduce the risk of injury to a pedestrian in the event of a collision, the DS 4 scored relatively well, but Euro NCAP was ‘underwhelmed’ by the standard camera-based autonomous emergency braking system.

However, DS offers an additional ‘Safety Pack’ on the model, which brings a radar sensor for the autonomous emergency braking, and with this fitted allows the ‘4’ to pick up the top five-star rating. 

Honda’s new hybrid-only HR-V crossover joins the brand’s now exclusively electrified line-up, and while Euro NCAP described the model as an ‘all-round performer’, its restraint performance – particularly for children in the rear – meant this Honda didn’t unlock the top five-star rating. The safety organisation said it was purely this that knocked the car down a peg. 

However, it was Dacia’s new seven-seat Jogger MPV that proved to be the main disappointment, with this family-focused model scoring just one star. One key concern is the lack of seatbelt reminder messages in the rear seats. It sadly continues the French budget brand’s performance for safety in Euro NCAP’s measures, following the Sandero – with which the Jogger shares plenty in common with – receiving just two stars when it was assessed last year.