Euro NCAP publishes last crash test results for 2016
The European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) has concluded its final round of crash tests for 2016, meaning good forecasts for two new cars in ANCAP crash tests to come.
The Hyundai Ioniq electric vehicle newcomer and Ford Edge large SUV, both due for local launch in 2017, received five-star ratings. However, vehicles without ‘Safety Pack’ options that include collision avoidance technology have fallen well below the five-star benchmark, including the Ssangyong XLV (possibly due in Australia 2017) and Tivoli (small SUV not sold here).
Suzuki’s Ignis compact ‘Supermini’, not currently sold in Australia, received only three stars with its 87 per cent occupant protection score, 79 per cent for child protection, 77 per cent for pedestrian protection and a dismal 60 per cent for safety assistance technology. Tested with Suzuki’s optional ‘Safety Pack’, known as the ‘Dual Camera Brake Support Version’, the program awarded five stars, though the Ignis is devoid of knee airbags or an active bonnet.
View the video here:
Until this year, the Suzuki Vitara was the highest-selling unrated vehicle on the Australian new car market, and does not feature any ‘Safety Pack’ collision avoidance options (bar rear camera across the range and sensors on top-tier variants) in our local market.
Collision avoidance features like autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane keeping and blind-spot monitoring are also currently unavailable on Australian market versions of the 2016 Vitara, which ANCAP critiqued in awarding it five stars this year.
The incoming Ford Edge will enter the Australian market in 2017 with good odds for scoring a five-star ANCAP rating having scored highly in Euro NCAP tests.
Ford’s large SUV, which will attempt to replace the hole left by the Territory, was scored testing the 2.0-litre diesel engine variant in left-hand drive. Adult occupant protection scored 85 per cent, child occupant protection scored 76 per cent, pedestrian 67 per cent and 89 per cent for safety assist. The Edge also comes with AEB, lane assist, rear-cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring, as does the Hyundai Ioniq.
See the Edge’s crash test:
Hyundai’s plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicle platform is expected to arrive in Australia later next year, and with 91 per cent occupant, 80 per cent child and 70 per cent pedestrian protection scores will do so in good light to score the five-star ANCAP rating.
View the Ioniq’s crash test footage here: