Ford Mustang Fails Miserably In Euro NCAP’s Tests Scoring 2 Stars

The Ford Mustang failed miserably in Euro NCAP’s latest testing session, scoring an overall 2-star safety rating.

Tested by the European safety advocate, the muscle car’s first problems were noticed in the frontal offset test, when the front airbags “inflated insufficiently to properly restrain the occupants”.

The disappointing results continued with a high risk of abdominal injuries in the full-width frontal crash test, and head injuries of the 10-year dummy in the side impact. Its fate was sealed by the lack of safety technology on the European market, which is available on the other side of the Atlantic.

Ford did not expect Euro NCAP to test the Mustang, and chose not to fit safety technology in Europe, which is available to its American consumers, and available on several other sports cars for that matter. Such an attitude to safety should trouble Ford’s customers, whether they are buying a high-powered muscle car, or a regular family car“, said Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen.

In response, Ford says that the facelifted version of the Mustang, which will go on sale later this year, is fitted with Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keep Assist, as standard; the updated vehicle is also expected to be tested by Euro NCAP.

We welcome any improvement, of course, and look forward to publishing a new rating for the updated model. However, more fundamental updates may be needed if the Mustang is to get a significantly better result. We therefore hope Ford takes the opportunity to invest in the changes needed now for future Mustang generations“, Ratingen added.

Euro NCAP’s results were also adopted by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), and are being used throughout the market.

This result is simply shocking for such a newly designed and popular model. The safety of adult occupants, child occupants and the ability to avoid a crash all form the basis of our ratings, and the Mustang falls short in each of these areas“, said the ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin.



  • Kaisuke971

    It’s because they didn’t put a crowd between the impact thing and the car

    • fabri99

      It’s also a closed environment and not a Cars&Coffee, so…

  • fabri99

    To be honest, I don’t think safety assist should be part of the evaluation. In fact, I think there should a score fore the cars’ safety as in how they perform in a crash, and another standalone score for their safety equipment (as in lane departure control or whatever). You cannot expect a 8,000£ citycar to have the same safety equipment as a 100,000£ sedan.
    I know this is not case, both because safety equipment was not the only trouble with the Mustang and because you’d expect a 40,000£ car to have such things, but anyway.

    • Akira

      Still there are cheap citycars like the Suzuki Ignis that have scored way better than that…I admit that having driving assists as part of the evaluation is stupid but that doesn’t change the fact that the Mustang has a real problem…

      • fabri99

        Well, I agree with you completely. Ford messed up, not only because of safety assist. The Mustang is not okay.
        Mine was just an off topic, but I’m glad you agree.

    • pureworx

      why do you out the £ after the number.. that is not correct.

      as for the safety side ford has always been rubbish. they always fall apart in accidents even slight bumps.

      • fabri99

        Well, you’re right, I’ll fix it.

    • You can only score a maximum of 4* in Euro NCAP if you don’t have any active safety technology, such as lane warning and automatic pedestrian braking. So only scoring 2* is pretty pathetic for Ford. Having the extra technology I think is better for safety as it comes as an affordable extra for most consumers and does contribute massively to safety.

      Ironically, most of the small cars have a lot of technology that you won’t find (well, standard) in bigger cars. The Hyundai i10 had ESC as standard before Mercedes made it standard in their C-Class. That was only 2013. I think the Germans’ approach to optional extras, in some regards, make them less safe as smaller cars can sometimes outperform bigger, more expensive cars.

      I don’t necessarily believe the cost of the vehicle is down to varying results, it’s all down to the companies and their profit margins. Whether it’d be judged on structural rigidity or safety technology.

      • fabri99

        Oh totally, Ford did poorly in this and it it doesn’t have to do with safety assist only.
        As for the 4 stars maximum without safety assist, that’s definitely bad for publicity. I know I shouldn’t worry about car makers getting bad publicity and that in this way car makers are forced to offer safety assist as standard, but…it’s kind of misleading for most. And the test isn’t trustworthy anymore, at least to the eyes of most customers. Is it ok that a car that performs well in a crash thanks to its structural rigidity only gets 4 stars because it doesn’t have automatic pedestrian braking and maybe one that doesn’t perform just as well but is fitted with everything gets a higher score? Mmmh…

        • It’s a very good question you raise. The public have to be reeducated to know what a ‘*’ means. 5* is now more exceptional whilst 4* is still a very high rating. To better push the importance of this, either have symbols / acronyms under the * rating when publicised so the consumer can see straight away the quality of the product.

          • fabri99

            Well, it would be great if instead of just one score they posted all the results achieved in the four tests. Instead of 5 stars, show the symbols (children, pedestrian, safety assist and occupants) and the score next to it. It’s way more precise and relevant for the buyer as well. You could finally find out which car among all those usually getting 5 stars is actually the safest (even just in categories you care about; for istance single people perhaps don’t care about child protection on their care).

          • Boom! We’ve solved the issue!

          • fabri99

            You and I should be in charge of Europe.

          • Hahaha! That would be amazing! When should our inauguration start?

          • fabri99

            I want to be crowned on Christmas day like Charlemagne. So clear your schedule Pope Francis!

          • Sébastien

            It got worse when they introduced the required electronics in their score ;
            A car tested up to this moment could (and still show) 5 stars
            While a more recent car would only get 4 stars

            They should have added a step on the scale, 6 stars if you get the new fancy stuff too

          • Marty

            I’m not sure I understand what you mean. Isn’t that what they are doing? Or are you being sarcastic? 🙂

          • fabri99

            No, Im saying: dont merge the four criteria in one score, leave them as they are, so that a car doesnt get 5 stars but lik 70 in child safety and 89 in pedestrian safety.

          • Marty

            If you don’t think the overall score is detailed enough, you can still see the percentages for adult, child, pedestrian and automatic safety. It’s just a few pixels down. And if you don’t think that’s detailed enough, you can easily check the data for separate body parts for separate seats. It’s all there!

            Different level of info for different audiences.
            That way the basic consumer can look for a “five star car”, the more interested consumer can look for a “not so interested in child safety and don’t want to pay for expensive electronics”, and I can check for a “I don’t want my legs to snap when I sit on the rear passenger seat in an offset collision” 🙂

    • Marty

      Your objection is as valid for seat belts, headrests and airbags as it is for active safety systems. Most of the safety features taken for granted in even cheap cars today were introduced as expensive options in premium cars at the start. NCAP measure safety – let someone else measure home economics.

      • fabri99

        Maybe you are right…

  • Skip

    Hmm. not seeing it. Looks like the structure held up well. Must be stuff in the cabin not visible from the video.

    • Dennis James

      Yeah, it held up well, it’s still one piece of metal.

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  • Christopher Sansom

    The Plastic fantastic

  • Gust

    Another mustang, another crash…

  • Craig

    Wow Ford. You deserve to have your ass kicked. You decided to make it LESS SAFE because you ASSUMED that you could get away with it.

  • psiqtas

    So what? Quite nobody gives a damn about it in the real world, especially buyers of that kind of a car…
    Actually for me scores good, but those ratings are wrong…mostly for some stupid disturbing electronic gadgets that nobody needs!

    • Status

      Nobody cares about crash ratings in the real world? Unsafe cars are more ‘famous’ than safe cars, and this will impact Euro Mustang sales this year.

      • psiqtas

        Nope it woun’t believe me – I live there and there so many new Mustangs here out now, because this car isn’t unsafe! It just hadn’t’ got all those stupid safety-gadgets that those safety-maniacs expect… In Europe the safest cars aren’t the most popular on the streets!

  • D3X

    Euro NCAP conducts both the full-width frontal and side-impact crash tests at lower speeds than the NHSTA does.
    Euro NCAP full-width frontal crash test speed: 31 mph; NHSTA: 35 mph.
    Euro NCAP side-impact: 31 mph; NHSTA: 37.5 mph.
    And Euro NCAP uses a barrier that’s 1000 pounds lighter than the one used by NHSTA.

    Yet the Mustang supposedly provides 5 stars worth of protection according to the NHSTA and only 2 stars worth of protection according to Euro NCAP.

    Really goes to show how much manufacturers game the system.

  • Vassilis

    What nonsense. It seems perfectly safe. A 1 star car is plain dangerous and this takes 2 stars when the cabin obviously held up very, very well?

  • Paul Webster

    Ford, pull the plug on the Mustang for the Euro market…. please.

    • psiqtas

      Pul the plug on Your PC network connection…please

  • Norek Rafaeljan

    American cars, what do you expect hahaha
    We Europe don’t want your cars

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