Euro NCAP: new VW Golf shines with five-star safety rating
It has been a busy year for Euro NCAP, the new car safety performance assessment programme, and it has finished 2019 off with a bang (or a crash) by awarding the Ford Puma, MG ZS EV, MG HS, Nissan Juke, VW Golf and Audi Q8 five stars.
The all-new eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf, due for release in early 2020, achieved the five full stars thanks to excellent crashworthiness and various safety assist systems featuring as standard.
The Golf is also the first ever Volkswagen to make use of V2X connectivity (vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to infrastructure). This enables advance hazard warnings, an important new technology that will be soon be included in Euro NCAP’s rating.
However, the Golf was the second successive VW tested by Euro NCAP to suffer a door opening in a side impact crash test alongside the Sharan MPV. These are penalised by Euro NCAP as they represent a critical ejection risk to occupants.
VW states that the Golf has been type-approved with a standard automatic door-locking function and believes this would prevent such door-openings in real-world accidents.
Elsewhere, Ford’s revived Puma also performed very well, scoring high marks in all four categories of tests. With five stars under its belt, the Puma has entered the market as one of the safest choices in the lower-price crossover segment.
In the same segment, MG ZS EV scored top marks thanks to an impressive equipment list. Similarly, the new Nissan Juke also gained a top rating proving drivers are spoilt for choice in the small crossover segment. Slightly larger and more premium, the Audi Q8 also received five stars.
It’s not all celebrations for VW Group though. Facelifts of the Volkswagen up! supermini and its twins the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo could only muster three stars. Despite improvements to the cars, the reduced score is due to Automatic Emergency Braking being dropped. This safety feature was available as standard when the cars were last tested in 2011.