A FEW surprises – Are 12 models put to the test in the last test session of the Euro NCAP, the independent body that checks the safety of new cars, through simulations of an accident, which provides assessments in three areas: the protection of adults, children on board, safety in case of investment of pedestrians or cyclists. Then there is a fourth entry of the judgment, which takes into account the completeness of the active safety equipment (that is, those designed to prevent incidents) and the effectiveness of aid to help, which are tested in special test track. Audi Q7, Ford Mondeo and Kuga, Porsche Taycan, Renault Captur, Skoda Octavia, Subaru Forester, and Tesla Model X have obtained the highest possible rating of 5 stars, along with the Peugeot 2008 is equipped with the driver assistance systems, more advanced (offered as optional). Without the latter, instead, the crossover French gets 4 stars, as the mpv Seat Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan, Only 3 stars for the Jeep Renegade.
Renewed in 2019, the second-generation suv the Audi Q7 has convinced the Euro NCAP tests, the protection for adults, assessed with 92 points out of 100, but for a car devoted to travel, is not good, with 86% in the test for the children: on the judgment weighs the fact of not being able to install some types of child seat or the right front seat, or on the couch, or on the seats of the third row. Improved 71% and 72% in the test for the pedestrians and driver aids.
The Ford Mondeo is far the best in the test for pedestrians, evaluated with 70 points out of 100 because of the areas a little soft above the headlights and in the front pillars: in the case of investment, these parts may injure pedestrians or cyclists. So-so 73% of aid to the guide, the evaluation influenced by graphics counter-intuitive the system against inadvertent lane change, while they have complied with the Euro NCAP test results for adults (92%). It is great to finally 87% in the test for the children.
The crossover Ford Kuga is a car’s all new and you can tell by the good results in the tests for pedestrians, where the front is effective in the case of investment: it is a rating of 82 out of 100 points. Are also valid for 92% in the test for adults and 86% in children, while the Kuga does not reach the level of the best in the test for the driving aids (73%), “betrayed” by the speed regulator can be improved.
The Jeep Renegade, after the five stars obtained in 2014 (with criteria less stringent), has been subjected to the new test. Good result achieved in the protection of adult occupants and children on board, respectively, with scores of 82% and 84%. In “lovesick”, however, was the absence of the automatic braking against the investment of the pedestrians, which resulted in a 55% evaluation in this specific sector, offsetting the improvements (as a result of changes in the bumper) in the collision tests, with dummies. And is still the front, in this case those of the version Trailhawk, to penalize the judgement on the aid of the guide. In fact, while the preparations disclosed what Limited offer the radar that handles the auto-braking, high-speed, version more fuoristradistica can not mount. And this, according to the criteria, Euro NCAP is an absence of serious.
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Double assessment for the crossover Peugeot 2008, tried it without and with the extra package of aid to help (the manufacturer can apply for if the option is available for the entire range). No not shines: male 62% in the test for the pedestrians, even if in the tests of the adults snatched a convincing 91%. The fifth star comes with the package (optional), which makes up the reviews in almost all areas: to 93% in the tests of adults, 73% for pedestrians, and from 68% to 73% for the driving assistance. Remains of 84 out of 100 vote in the tests for the children.
The electric sedan Porsche Taycan is between the cars with 5-star, but his scores are not so brilliant. Surprising in particular 85% in the tests of adults, away from the car the Euro NCAP has recorded the damage not insignificant to the shins of the front passengers in a collision against the obstacle is deformable and the upper body against a fixed obstacle. Do not meet all not even 70% in pedestrian protection and 73% for adults to guide, but it is valid, and 83% in test for the children.
The crossover Renault Captur is the better of the rival in 2008, because it gets the 5 stars on the first attempt. Appreciable 96% in the tests of the adults and 83% in children, while they are yet to improve the results in the tests for the pedestrians in the area above the mask and of the posts can cause serious injuries to a pedestrian that you hit the body or head after an investment. The system against unintentional change of lane, not very intuitive to set up, affects 74% in the test for the driving aids.
The test for pedestrians, evaluated with 73 points out of 100, are the only result not up to standard for the Skoda Octavia, which, instead, shines in the test for adults and children: the Euro NCAP has awarded 92 points and 88 points out of 100. Is higher than the average of other cars tested as well, with 79% in the test for the driving assistance, in virtue of the favorable judgments of the system against unintentional lane change and auto-braking. By improve, however the speed regulator.
The suv Subaru Forester is one of the best cars to try in this session from the Euro NCAP, thanks to the results close to the excellence in the test for adults and the pedestrians: it got 97 points and 91 points out of 100. Very valid to 80% in the tests for pedestrians, where the Forester shines in spite of the high front end and solid (characteristic of all of the suv). So-so, the “fault” of the speed controller, the test for the driving aids: the judgment is 78 out of 100.
TESLA MODEL X
The Tesla is focusing on the effectiveness of driver assistance systems. This effort is recognized by the Euro NCAP, which gives a rating of 94 out of 100 on the test for the driving aids. Excellent 98% in the tests of adults, so that’s 81% in the one for children, and improved to 72% in tests for pedestrians, where the agency found the areas of absorption a little soft at the front end of the bonnet, in place in the uprights and also to the base of the windshield.
VOLKSWAGEN SHARAN/SEAT ALHAMBRA
The Volkswwagen Sharan has good ratings in the tests for adults and children, which yielded 89 points and 78 points out of 100, but it doesn’t get 5 stars because of the results that can be improved in the remaining two tests. In particular, it is disappointing that for pedestrians: only 59 points, because the uprights and the central area of the windshield does not adequately protect the head after an investment. Is low, the 62% for the driving assistance, due to the lack of effectiveness of the automatic brake and speed regulator. The Seat Alhambra, which is derived from the Sharan has the same scores of “cousin”.