Months short of its UK launch, the Volkswagen Tiguan has received top marks for safety from a European body.
Euro NCAP has given the vehicle five stars for occupant protection and four stars for its child safety features.
Going on sale in February 2008 from £19,500, motorists may be interested in how it measures up in terms of road safety.
The Tiguan’s protection system works by deploying belt tensioners and airbags based on the severity of the impact an accident causes.
However, Euro NCAP awarded the model two stars for pedestrian safety, despite its deformable bonnet and padded front bumpers.
Volkswagen commented: "The new Tiguan joins the Golf, Touran, Passat and Touareg models in achieving five-stars for occupant protection."
Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting that the German automobile manufacturing firm is looking to overtake Toyota and become the world’s biggest maker of cars by 2015.