Euro NCAP: five stars for five all-new cars, but Mustang still flagging

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Author: | Updated: 05 Jul 2017 12:15

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.

Euro NCAP has been putting a number of all-new models through their paces.

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 Alfa Romeo Stelvio received the full five stars, like its Giulia saloon sibling.

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.

Volkswagen Arteon proved to be the best exec car ever tested.

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.

The Honda Civic missed out on on full marks due to marginal child protection.

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.”

Ford has improved the Mustang, although it's still flagging behind others in its class.

The results in full

Make /  Model

Overall rating

Adult Protection

Child Protection

Pedestrian Protection

Active technology

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Five stars

97%

84%

71%

60%

Ford Mustang (reassessment)

Three stars

72%

32%

78%

61%

Honda Civic

Four stars

92%

67%

75%

88%

Hyundai i30

Five stars

88%

84%

64%

68%

Vauxhall Insignia

Five stars

93%

85%

78%

69%

Seat Ibiza

Five stars

95%

77%

76%

60%

Volkswagen Arteon

Five stars

96%

85%

85%

82%

See how other new cars compare with the latest results by clicking here

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