Euro NCAP reveals the safest cars of 2012

Every year, Euro NCAP painstakingly tests a whole host of new cars on their ability to protect occupants and pedestrians in the case of an accident.

Last year, 36 models (all available on the European market) were rigorously tested in four individual marking criteria: adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist systems.

Click on the gallery below to see the new cars recommended by Euro NCAP for their outstanding safety performance...