The Land Rover Defender is big, boxy, and, apparently, very safe.
The SUV’s European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) results have just come in, and it passed the tests with flying colors. It drove off with scores of 85% for adult occupant protection (AOP), 85% for child occupant protection (COP), 71% for vulnerable road users, and 79% for safety assist tech—good enough for a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
The maximum rating applies to all Defender units, Euro NCAP says. The unit which underwent testing came equipped with safety features like a variety of side airbags, automatic emergency braking, speed assist, and lane assist.
Now, let’s move on to something a little smaller. The Honda e also underwent Euro NCAP crash testing, scoring 76% for AOP, 82% for COP, 62% for vulnerable road users, and 65% for safety assist—modest numbers, but still enough to net the electric five-door hatch a decent four-star safety rating.
Like the Defender, the score of the Honda e applies to all units. Standard safety features include front and side airbags, automatic emergency braking, and, again like the Defender, speed assist, and lane assist.
In a statement, the Euro NCAP said the Defender’s advanced safety features played a part in its high score. “Larger and heavier than previous models, the new Defender is equipped with modern driver-assistance systems to prevent and mitigate, as far as possible, collisions with other road users,” the organization said.
“Honda’s new electric supermini, the Honda e, represents the state of the art for green driving. It lacks some of the more advanced safety features present in the Honda Jazz but produces a respectable four-star rating in Euro NCAP’s latest tests, nevertheless,” it added.
Other vehicles that recently underwent Euro NCAP crash tests include the all-new Isuzu D-Max (European units), the Audi A3, Seat Leon, Kia Sorento, and Hyundai i10. You can check out their results here.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that one day, even base variants come equipped with more advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking. Would you pay a premium for this kind of technology?