The European New Car Assessment Programme, better known as Euro NCAP, has been crash testing cars for 20 years. Some manufacturers were unhappy about the results in the early days, but it’s a tribute to their efforts that, as the test procedure has become more stringent, cars have become far more likely to achieve high scores.
From a modern perspective, crash protection was in many cases appallingly bad at the turn of the century. More recent models have occasionally performed poorly, but the ones that do still offer much more protection than those of previous generations.
What follows is a list of the cars sold in the UK with the worst ever Euro NCAP scores. It makes disturbing reading, but there’s some consolation in the fact that you are a great deal less likely to be killed or injured in a modern car than in one built only a few years ago.