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Fiat Punto named poorest performing car

A research facility in Berkshire has named the new Fiat Punto as the poorest performer since tests began 20 years ago after it scored ZERO for safety standards.

The scores from the Thatcham Research centre, near Newbury, are aligned with safety regulations in the official European new car safety tests. The low score for the Fiat Punto - a re-release of the 2005 model, was attributed to its crash performance and a lack of safety measures including no automatic brakes or lane support systems.

The crash performance from the car was a factor of the low score Credit: EURO NCAP

The Independent crash test facility said the final results of the 2017 Euro NCAP tests showed that some carmakers are still choosing not to fit potentially life-saving technologies to new models.

All 16 cars announced this November achieved five-star Euro NCAP ratings, but December's release has seen six three-star Euro NCAP ratings and the first ever zero-star rating.

The model failed to demonstrate potentially life-saving features Credit: EURO NCAP

"Safety is of the utmost importance to the FCA group. The importance of safety to the Group is demonstrated by the number of new models achieving 5 stars, for example Alfa Romeo Giulia, AlfaRomeo Stelvio and the Jeep Compass.

At launch in 2005, Punto was the first B-segment car to obtain 5 stars rating Euro NCAP. Over the years the rating methods used by Euro NCAP have been updated to take into account new safety and technology developments."

– FIAT

Our reporter Mary Stanley asked members of the public if the results would make them reconsider purchasing the car.

Many other cars achieved 3 star ratings, including the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Dacia Duster, Ford C-MAX / Grand C-MAX,Vauxhall Karl, Citroen DS 3 and MG ZS.

Full 5 star ratings were awarded to the Jaguar Land Rover F-Pace, Kia Stinger,Toyota Yaris, fourth generation BMW 6 Series and Hyundai KONA.