The new Polestar 2 and Cupra Formentor have kicked off safety organisation Euro NCAP’s 2021 results by being awarded the top five-star rating.

Both models come from relatively new brands in the UK, with Polestar being twinned with Volvo, but simply focusing on sporty electric models. While the firm launched last year with the ‘1’ – a sleek hybrid GT car – the ‘2’ is its first mainstream model. It’s a funky raised-up saloon that rivals the Tesla Model 3.

The new EV scored highly across the board, with particularly high scores in the adult occupant (92 per cent) and child occupant (89 per cent) categories.

Second up is the Cupra Formentor – this firm’s first bespoke model since it split from sister brand Seat, though it shares underpinnings with new models like the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. This sporty SUV also received a five-star rating, with a 93 per cent score in the adult occupant protection category being particularly impressive.

Elsewhere in the ratings, Renault’s upcoming Arkana coupe-crossover shares a five-star safety rating with the Kadjar SUV it’s based on, while the Lexus UX300e – the firm’s first electric car – gets the same top rating as the hybrid UX that’s been on sale since 2019.

Michiel van Ratingen of Euro NCAP said: “We are now a year on from when Covid became a global pandemic and the car industry has had a torrid twelve months. Sales are down and carmakers are having to find ways to cut costs and maximise profits.

“Euro NCAP is here to ensure that safety is not compromised, and it is rewarding that these two brands should place it high on their agendas. By now, safety is central to manufacturers’ strategies and they know that it is an area where consumers will not accept a drop in standards.”