Safety organisation Euro NCAP has announced the results for the latest two models to go through its rigorous testing programme, with the new Range Rover Evoque and Citroen C5 Aircross both being awarded five-star ratings.

The Range Rover Evoque was the better performing model of the two, as it scored the top rating in its standard guise, with the adoption of an active ‘pop-up’ bonnet and autonomous emergency braking for pedestrians and cyclists being applauded by the body.

The Evoque recorded high scores across the board, too, with a particularly high adult protection rating of 94 per cent making it the safest Land Rover to date.

Citroen’s new C5 Aircross has received high praise for its comfortable ride and funky styling, and it appears it can now add a five-star safety rating to its arsenal, too. The rating only applies to models fitted with the Safety+ Pack, though, which adds an improved autonomous emergency braking that can spot pedestrians and cyclists ahead. The standard car still received a four-star safety rating, though.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said: “These results show that car manufacturers are still keen and able to achieve the highest safety ratings. It is especially encouraging to see the continued widespread deployment and improvement of advanced technologies such as AEB and lane support.

“It is good news that some of the basic driver assist technologies will finally be mandated from 2022, but thankfully most vehicle manufacturers are already way ahead of the curve today.”