Euro NCAP: five stars for five all-new cars, but Mustang still flagging
The test team at Euro NCAP have been busy with six all-new cars this month, with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Hyundai i30, Vauxhall Insignia, Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Arteon all receiving the full five stars.
The all-new Honda Civic was awarded an admirable four, and they also put a revised Ford Mustang through its paces. But coming away with just three stars, it remains some way off the industry benchmark.
The star of the show was the Arteon, which performed exceptionally in all areas and has become the highest-scoring exec vehicle for pedestrian protection.
Elsewhere, Alfa’s new Stelvio SUV also performed well, matching not only the rating of the Giulia saloon, but also direct class-leading rivals like the Volvo XC90.
The Ibiza stood out for its high level of standard safety equipment according to testers, and has been heralded as a new benchmark for the supermini segment.
It’s all thanks to the Ibiza’s standard autonomous braking system with pedestrian protection – something that’s usually an option in this class of vehicle.
Which vehicles fell short?
Hyundai’s new i30 gets five stars too, and provided good protection across the board. The only new car that missed out on a five-star rating was the Honda Civic, which was let down by lower-than-expected protection offered to children, but is still rated as a “solid four star car.”
Earlier this year, the Ford Mustang scored a disappointing two stars in Euro NCAP testing. As such, Ford responded by making AEB and Lane Assistance standard on its facelifted model, and also made improvements to the front airbag.
Despite this, its low child protection rating still means it attains just three stars.
Car makers are reacting
Secretary general at Euro NCAP, Michiel van Ratingen said: “It is good to see that after 20 years Euro NCAP’s call for safety improvement still strikes a chord with responsible companies like Ford.
“While a three-star rating is unexceptional, the updates Ford have introduced have not only made Mustang’s safety better in key areas but also show that the company cares about its customers and safety reputation.”
The results in full
Make / Model
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Ford Mustang (reassessment)