The Range Rover Velar has achieved a five-star score in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests, and Motor1 was exclusively there to watch the magic happen. 

Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research says: 'Modern SUVs perform consistently well in impact testing, particularly for adult occupant protection.

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Range Rover Velar EuroNCAP Test

'The Velar however not only performs well in a crash – especially in Euro NCAP’s exacting side impact test – but also in active safety, with its suite of standard-fit technologies designed to avoid the crash happening at all.'

Which is all well and good, but what does it really mean? And why is crash testing new cars so important? Watch our video with Jonny Smith, above. 

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