The latest safety releases from Euro NCAP show an interesting mix of top end results, especially for Ford where the Mustang Mach-E gets tops marks while the 5,0-litre V8 version battled to get three stars in 2017.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 and Tucson and the Toyota Yaris Cross all achieve a top rating of five stars, while the new Hyundai Bayon is awarded four stars.
Ford’s new all-electric crossover SUV, the Mustang Mach-E, bears little resemblance to the 5,0-litre muscle car with which it shares its name and firmly secures a top five-star rating against the latest test requirements.
The car comes equipped with a centre crash bag, deployable bonnet for vulnerable road user protection and a host of advanced driver assistance features, offering high levels of driver support and crash prevention all around.
Hyundai impresses with three new models in this publication, the all-electric Ioniq 5 and Tucson, gaining 5-star ratings and Hyundai Bayon achieving 4 stars. Although the Tucson only just clears the hurdle in Safety Assist to get into five-star territory, both Ioniq 5 and Tucson display good all-round safety.
The crossover SUV Bayon, fighting its way into an already overcrowded and highly competitive segment, lacks the centre crash bag that is standard in Ioniq 5 and Tucson. Nevertheless, the Bayon comes with robust crash protection and crash-avoidance features which help to secure it a creditable four-star rating.
The Toyota Yaris Cross follows hot on the heels of the Mirai and Yaris with another five-star rating. The car, available at petrol and HEV petrol, was tested partly in Australia and Europe, two important markets for the Yaris Cross. The result is published in collaboration with sister organisation ANCAP.
In addition to its traditional safety crash and safety tests, Euro NCAP retested two light commercial vans: the Ford Transit and the Ford Transit Custom, after Ford made seat belt reminders as standard for all occupants across the European market.
NCAP’s Michiel van Ratingen, says: “Vehicle use in road traffic is the most significant contributor to work-related traumatic injury, so small improvements, especially those that promote seatbelt wearing, can go a long way. Congratulations to Ford for updating their two commercial vans and making the effort of putting seat belt reminders as standard for drivers and co-drivers.”