A EuroNCAP rating gives an indication of how safe a car is, the name coming from the European New Car Assessment Programme. This independent body tests new cars by crashing them into walls and blocks to see how well they withstand impacts. But it’s not all about the car’s strength; EuroNCAP also looks at what kit is fitted as standard, such as ESP, seatbelt reminders and speed limiters. Until 2009, all cars were awarded a star rating according to how well they protected adult and child occupants and how little damage they caused pedestrians. Now however there’s just one rating per car, and to attain a five-star award, the car must have an abundance of safety features and be extremely strong. To find out the Euro NCAP safety rating for any car you’re thinking of buying, log on to euroncap.com euroNCAP 21 wearemarmalade.co.uk