Latest safety tests underline value of extra safety kit
ANOTHER batch of new models have been crashed and bashed by car safety experts Euro Ncap.
Audi's baby SUV, the Q2, the Hyundai Ioniq, which can be ordered as a hybrid, electric-only or plug-in hybrid, and Ford's large Edge SUV each scored the maximum five star rating.
The Hyundai, Audi and Ford secured their ratings when tested in standard specification.
Three other models were tested under Euro Ncap's new dual rating system. This allows manufacturers to have a model assessed twice - once with standard safety equipment, and a second time when fitted with optional safety kit.
Suzuki's baby SUV the Ignis and SsangYong's Tivoli and XLV siblings each scored three stars when tested with their standard equipment.
When fitted with an extra-cost safety pack, the Ignis's performance merited the full five stars. The SsangYong models secured four stars with the optional equipment.
Euro Ncap's secretary general Michiel van Ratingen said the dual rating scheme encouraged car manufacturers "to develop advanced technologies for their vehicles, even if pricing of the product does not allow it to be standard across the range".
Fiat's new Tipo family hatchback secured a three-star rating in its standard guise.
When tested with its optional safety pack, which includes a forward collision warning system with automatic braking, the Tipo's rating rises to four stars.
The Tipo's auto braking system functions at both low and high speeds, but has not been designed to mitigate pedestrian crashes.
Mr van Ratingen noted that the Tipo "is marketed as a functional car which maximizes value for money".
"However, to maximise safety, and to bring the car up to the protection levels offered by its biggest rivals in this segment, consumers should not pass over the safety pack," he advised.