Seat's Leon ST has been awarded a maximum five-star safety rating by car safety assessment body Euro NCAP ahead of its launch.
The score puts the spacious and versatile estate up there with the safest vehicles on the road, including the Leon five-door hatchback which also has five stars to its name.
It performed exceptionally well in all areas of the industry-standard Euro NCAP test, particularly in the adult occupant safety and child occupant safety sections where it scored 94% and 92% respectively.
Front passenger airbag deactivation, which facilitates the installation of a rear-facing child seat, helped achieve the child occupant score.
The extensive use of high strength and ultra-high strength steels in key areas of the chassis that ensure the car remains stable during a collision was another factor in it achieving the maximum safety rating.
In addition, the Leon ST also received two Euro NCAP Advanced awards for its lane-keeping assistant and multi-collision brake systems.
Seat's latest family member goes on sale in the UK from October. Buyers, however, will have to wait until January 2014 for the first deliveries.
Copyright Press Association 2013