Chinese improving while Jag drops a star in Euro NCAP tests

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The latest round of Euro NCAP tests have revealed that the Chinese are finally getting to grips with the whole safety thing, as two of its cars achieve a respectable four-star rating.

In fact, the four-star award given to both the Geely Emgrand (no, we've not heard of it either) and MG6 is the same score that the eminent Jaguar XF executive saloon has careered nose first into. A brilliant result for the Asian cars...not so good for the Jag.

The XF was scored again because it has just been updated; bodywork modifications required a new pedestrian crash test. The four-star result means that the much-garlanded XF still lags behind its three main rivals in the safety stakes: the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class all have five-star ratings.

That the Jaguar shares a rating with two relatively humble cars from China shows how far the country's car industry has come. Watch this video if you want to see how a Chinese crash test used to look. Shudder. But today, Euro NCAP boss Michiel van Ratingen goes as far as to call the results "a milestone for the Chinese automotive industry".

"It is a clear sign that Chinese car makers are building on recent experiences and rapidly investing in better vehicle safety. Even with the upcoming increased demands, five stars are expected to be within reach soon," he said.

Other four-star results include the new Fiat Panda city car, the electric Renault Fluence ZE, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4, the last of which is criticised for its "disappointing results in child occupant protection," debunking the myth that all SUVs make the safest family cars.

A five-star rating for the VW Up city car also endows the identical SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo with the same rating, while the Range Rover Evoque proves a more successful entry for Jaguar Land Rover than the XF, also gaining five stars

The full list of awards is as follows: