The seven winning models, in the different categories, of the Euro NCAP 2017 teststhe international project for the evaluation of safety standards, are all “five stars”. of new cars, of which the Automobile Club of Italy is a partner . Let's talk about Volkswagen ArteonT-Roc and PoloVolvo XC60Opel Crossland X , Subaru XV and Impreza
The most of the new models tested reached the maximum score – the five starsin fact – despite the evaluation protocols have been made more severe , an evident sign of the greater safety of the new vehicles. The brilliant results are due to the increasing popularity of driving assistance systems: the automatic braking for pedestrian detection, (tested for the first time by Euro NCAP in 2016), was available in 82% of the cars examined, (in 62% of the cases part of the standard equipment); the assistance and speed control systems were found in 92% of the new vehicles tested (standard equipment in 82% of the cases). Significant improvements have also been made in passive safety, with particular reference to the protection of adults and children on board
Here are the best of each category:
Excellent performance of the Volkswagen model which excelled in all evaluations, with absolute excellence in the protection of children on board and pedestriansalso thanks to the presence of the 'active bonnet' device .
'Large Off-Road': Volvo XC60
Volvo's suv was the 'star' of its own category. In several tests he obtained the highest scores (side impact against the barrier and pole). Special mention to the automatic emergency braking system (AEB), standard on all XC60 modelswhich obtained the highest score in all the tested tests, with always avoided collisions. Unique 'in' the protection of the rear passenger's chest in the event of a 'full' frontal collision against the barrier and the protection of the pedestrian's head in the event of a collision with some areas of the bonnet.
'Small Off-Road': VW T-Roc
Also the SUV of the German company T-ROC has stood out for the excellent protection of adults and children on board, has obtained the maximum score in the tests of side impact, against barrier and post. Some minor problems for the pedestrian's head that impacts against the base of the bonnet or the windshield uprights. Very good performance of the driver assistance systems (ADAS) featured as standard on this model, optional only the speed control system.
'Supermini': VW Polo
For the Polo excellent protection of adults and children on board, maximum score for protection in the event of a side impact and against the pole. Small defaillance in the impact of the pedestrian against the bonnet at the level of the windshield uprights and in some small areas of the bonnet. All models of the 'small' VW have the automatic emergency brake (AEB) as standard.
'Small MPV': Opel Crossland X
The Opel suv obtained 5 stars, even if the tested model did not have the automatic emergency brake (AEB), provided only as an option. Excellent scores in child protection tests in the event of a frontal collision against the barrier and in the protection of the pedestrian's legs in the event of a collision with the bumper. On the other hand, the small defaillings detected are not very influential: low protection of the rear passenger's chest in the event of a frontal collision with a barrier and not optimal adjustment of the rear head restraints, with poor protection against whiplash.
'Small Family Car': Subaru XV and Impreza
The two tested Subaru models – XV and Impreza – are structurally identical and with the same set-up. The slight difference in height, however, led to the carrying out of supplementary tests for the Impreza. Excellent results for both, with maximum score for the protection of all parts of the body in the event of collision against the side barrier and maximum assessment for the protection of children on board. Slight penalization in the evaluation of rear passenger protection due to the sliding of the dummy basin under the seat belt. In the impact test with the pedestrian, the Impreza was penalized by the different shape of the front bonnet.
“In 2017, the models that were distinguished in the different categories compared to other equivalent models owe it above all to the generous allocation of ADAS driving assistance systems – states the president of the ACI Angelo Sticchi Damiani. A fact that pushes us to launch a double appeal to all manufacturers, to invest in the development and promotion of driving assistance systems increasingly effective and efficient and “decision makers” , to make mandatory for all new models at least the automatic emergency brake (AEB system, Autonomous Emergency Braking). “
Euro NCAP Test 2017
PASSIVE SAFETY  (ADULTS)
PASSIVE SAFETY (CHILDREN)
OPEL CROSSLAND X
SUBARU XV  5 stars