Euro NCAP: 5 Stars For Audi Q5, Land Rover Discovery And Toyota C-HR, Fiat 500 Gets Only 3

The latest Euro NCAP testing session saw the new Audi Q5, Land Rover Discovery and Toyota C-HR all scoring top marks.

Showing good all-round performance in all areas of the assessment, the German and Japanese SUVs qualify for a 5-star safety rating, and so does the new Discovery, despite having the driver’s door unlached and driver’s airbag showing insufficient pressure, in the side barrier test.

Tested during the same session by the European safety specialists, the new generation Citroen C3 narrowly missed a top five-star rating, and scored 4 stars. The French supermini didn’t fall short in the adult or child occupant, but in the pedestrian protection, where parts of the windshield were noted as being poor.

Three stars were scored by the newly launched Ford Ka+, which showed poor protection for the rear passenger in the full-width frontal crash test, and lacking features such as autonomous braking and rear seatbelt pretensioners sealed its fate in the safety assist.

Introduced more than 10 years ago and facelifted in 2015, the Fiat 500 continues to be a popular choice in the supermini segment, but it too lacks the aforementioned equipment, which, combined with poor head and chest protection for the rear passenger in the full-width frontal crash test, made it score just 3 stars.

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  • OdysseyTag

    One thing which always gets me curious is how the European cars in these tests have the automatic hazards deployed after an incident has been detected whereas the Asian models often (not always, but often) don’t. I’ve picked it up that in both the EuroNCAP and IIHS tests, vehicles from Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Hyundai and Kia (regardless of price-bracket or class) don’t activate the hazards lights whereas the same tests involving Volvo, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, VW, Land Rover/Jaguar, Fiat, Renault and others have the activating hazards. Is that just a difference in cultural tastes or does it have to do with legislation I wonder…

    • Matt

      I don’t know if it’s legislation or not, but I find the European manufacturers always have neat features like that, which the Japanese never adopt.

      For example, every European car I have owned has a hazard light switch which flashes on the dashboard. Japanese cars usually just have a solid button that doesn’t flash. Is that legislative as well?

      • RDS Alphard

        Now you reminds me my parent’s Volvo 144GL has a transparent hazard light switch that lits up when you turn on the hazard light, which is something that I really like but I haven’t seen since then … but then we also haven’t have any European car(s) since then thanks to economy crisis of the late 90s.

      • OdysseyTag

        I tried looking them up but there’s not much said on both those points. It kind of reminds me of how some vehicles from the States have a door ajar buzzer which sounds like a continuous low-fuel indicator. Regardless, I think incident-activated hazard lights are quite convenient, especially if the occupants are too incapacitated or disorientated to activate them themselves after an accident.

  • Benjamin B.

    Unfortunate because I really love the new Disco Sport

    • Matt

      What’s unfortunate about a 5-star rating? Did you, like me, read the headline wrong the first time?

    • supermanuel

      Read the article again. The Disco sport did well, got maximum stars.

  • Miknik

    THe C-HR is impressively unimpressed by the side crash. I mean it looks like your average south Italian car in every day use 😉

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