Euro NCAP: safety at the highest level for Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Volvo

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Euro NCAP today publishes its third round of safety results for 2022. The KIA EV6 and the Mercedes C-Class, both large family cars, receive the highest five-star rating

Euro NCAP today publishes its third round of safety results for 2022. The KIA EV6 and the Mercedes C-Classboth large family cars, receive the highest five-star rating. Volvo’s C40 Recharge also gets the full five stars, just like the new one Multivan from Volkswagen. Stellantis’ cousins, the Opel/Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 308are both rated as four star cars in the small family category.

The sixth-generation Opel/Vauxhall Astra and the third-generation Peugeot 308 are both based on the Stellantis EMP2 platform and, unsurprisingly, score very equally in all four assessment areas. Both the offset test and the full-width crash test emphasized marginal chest injury protection for average male and small female drivers, and neither car was equipped with a center airbag for side impact protection, a countermeasure that is becoming more common among modern cars. Both cars offer a lot of collision avoidance technology, but do not include some of the latest developments introduced to the market. The four-star rating of the cars also applies to their PHEV variants.

All five-star cars in this series of tests showed excellent crash protection, with scores of 90% or more, compared to 76% and 80% for the Stellantis cars. This dispels the notion that the difference between 5 stars and 4 stars is always due to ADAS, although that is often the case. The cars also showed consistently good results in protecting children’s occupants. The biggest differences between the EV6, C-Class, C40 Recharge and Multivan can be found in the VRU protection they offer, especially front-end performance, where the C-Class, equipped with an active hood, significantly reduces the KIA EV6 surpasses. margin. In terms of general assistance technology, the Volvo C40 Recharge came out on top. Despite its slightly different square shape, the VW Multivan delivered a solid all-round result that was comparable to the tested cars.

The Mercedes-Benz Car-to-X Communication, part of the optional Mercedes-me service, will receive a Euro NCAP Advanced award. The system uses data from other vehicles to provide early warning of potential hazards near a car through a cloud-based service before they could otherwise be detected.

Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP: “In general we see good crash protection scores, which is of course reassuring. But collision avoidance is just as important as collision protection, and the benefits of simply not being involved in a collision are, of course, infinitely greater. So in the coming years we will continue to focus on all safety areas and some manufacturers will have to keep improving their game in this area in order not to be left behind by the competition.”