Six new models have recently undergone safety tests: the Audi A3, Ford B-MAX, Isuzu D-Max, Kia Cee’d, Renault Clio and Volvo V40. Euro NCAP reports how these vehicle measure up against the latest requirements and finds encouraging trends.
With a creditable four star rating, safety on board the new Isuzu D-Max is significantly improved compared to the model tested in 2008. Their efforts have resulted in a score of 83% for adult occupant protection and improved protection for child occupants against a tougher 2012 regime. Equally, pedestrian safety score is considerably improved although not enough to give it the 5star rating.
With its rear sliding doors and innovative design, the Ford B-MAX has achieved five stars. Ford has done away with the middle columns on the B-MAX, known as the B-pillars, Euro NCAP found that safety was uncompromised as the B-MAX scored 92 percent for adult occupant protection. The mini MPV also comes with Active City Stop which helps the driver achieve maximum braking effectiveness in an emergency situation.
The new Volvo V40 achieved five stars and is Euro NCAP’s all time top scorer in its segment. What particularly distinguishes the V40 from other vehicles is the world-first Pedestrian Airbag technology, fitted as standard on the entire V40 range. In case of a crash with a pedestrian, sensors detect the impact, release the bonnet and deploy the airbag in a split second. The pedestrian airbag lifts the bonnet and partly covers the stiff A-pillars providing greater protection for the pedestrian. In Euro NCAP’s tests, this has translated into a 88% score in pedestrian protection, the highest score yet achieved in this part of the assessment.
The rest of the five star achievers are the Renault Clio, Kia Cee’d and Audi A3. Compared to their respective predecessors, this latest generation of hatchbacks offers significantly improved pedestrian protection amongst other notable improvements.
Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General, says : “In Europe, 14 percent of all road traffic fatalities are pedestrians. While in the last three yearsEuro NCAP has increased the requirements, the vehicle manufacturers have stepped up to the challenge. The scores observed today were unthinkable just a few years ago with the new V40 setting a new standard."