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Three vehicles – the Mercedes-Benz GLB, Mazda CX-30 and Ford Explorer Hybrid have been awarded five-stars in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash-testing results.

Euro NCAP said the best performer of this round was the Mazda CX-30 as it achieved a “near-perfect” 99% for Adult Occupant Protection, meaning it now tops the list for this part of the assessment against Euro NCAP’s 2018/2019 protocols.

The body added Mercedes’ good form is continuing as the GLB becomes the sixth Mercedes-Benz to be rated this year and the sixth to achieve the maximum safety rating, while it added the Explorer “performed well” in the various tests, earning it the top score.

Euro NCAP CX30

Euro NCAP also tested the new Vauxhall Corsa during the latest round of tests. It said the model – which shares much of its underpinnings with the latest Peugeot 208 – performed above the five-star requirements in three of Euro NCAP’s four areas of assessment, however, it only missed the top rating by a single percentage point in Safety Assist, earning it a four-star rating.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said: “Congratulations to Mazda for another almost-perfect score in adult occupant safety. There are still several cars to be rated in 2019 but it is unlikely we will see better for this part of the assessment. And congratulations to Ford and Mercedes-Benz for their five-star ratings, too. Euro NCAP is now gearing up for new tests in 2020 but we’re confident that manufacturers will continue to deliver the highest levels of safety to their customers.”