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Ahead of its release next year, the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport has been crash tested by the Euro NCAP. You'll be happy to know that it came out of the tests with a 5 star safety rating, and out of the 12 nameplates that were tested around the same time, the Discovery Sport was the most protective in most situations.

The crash tested model was a 1,901 kg model, right-hand drive 2.2-liter turbo diesel SE. The Discovery Sport is outfitted with many standard safety features. These include a pedestrian airbag, a lane-departure warning system and autonomous emergency braking for city and inter-urban driving.

With few exceptions the Discovery Sport did very well in its crash testing. There were a few minor problems though. The Discovery Sport saw rear passengers possibly suffering from "marginal" whiplash protection. Though child protection was rated at 83%, the kid dummy in the forward facing restraint sustained marginally high neck forces during frontal impact.

Watching the crash testing video I can say that the cabin holds up very well in all crash scenarios, even the dreaded small overlap crash test. So you can rest assured that your Discovery Sport will be one of the safer cars on the road.

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