Euro NCAP crash tests the new Mercedes A-Class and Lexus ESOctober 25, 2018
The European independent organization Euro NCAP has published the results of crash tests of six automobile innovations of the automotive industry. The company has tested the safety of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Lexus ES, the updated wagon Mazda6, the crossover Hyundai Nexo, as well as the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter. The first four models received the highest rating – five stars out of five possible.
Safety of the driver and adult passengers of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class was estimated at 96%, children at 91%, pedestrians and cyclists at 92%, and electronic systems at 75%. Hatchback with virtually no complaints passed all types of crash tests, including imitation of a side collision with a pole. Nevertheless, the experts noted the “low” efficiency of the vehicle retention system in the occupied area due to the shortcomings in the work of the blind zone monitoring function.
Lexus ES sedan of the new generation received 91% for the degree of driver and passenger protection, 87% for children, 90% for pedestrians, and auxiliary systems earned 77%. Crash tests showed a high probability of serious injuries in the lumbar region of the rear passengers in the event of a frontal collision across the entire width. Electronic systems, including the automatic emergency braking function, have generally performed well. However, as in the case of the Mercedes, the assistant of respecting the number of rows is not able to help the driver in difficult situations.
The safety of the driver and adult passengers of the updated Mazda6 station wagon was estimated at 95%, children at 91%, pedestrians and cyclists at 66%, and electronic systems at 73%. Like the Lexus, the tests showed the vulnerability of the back of the rear passengers in a frontal collision across the entire width of the car. In addition, experts said the unsatisfactory work of the active hood, which automatically opens in a collision in order to protect pedestrians. It turned out that the effectiveness of the system strongly depends on the growth and build of a person.
The Hyundai Nexo crossover received 94% for driver and adult protection, 87% for children, 67% for pedestrians and cyclists, and the effectiveness of electronic helpers was estimated at 80%. According to the results of crash tests, experts noted the low protection of the driver’s legs in a frontal collision with a deformable obstacle, as well as the risk of serious whip injuries when hitting the rear.
As for the platform Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter (replacing the Partner model), both models received four stars out of five. In both cases, the safety of the driver and adult passengers was 91%, children 81%, pedestrians 58%, and electronic systems yielded 68%. With two types of head-on collisions, chest injuries are at risk for both the driver and the passengers. For pedestrians, the zone at the bottom of the front pillars presents a particular danger. In addition, Euro NCAP noted the low efficiency of the automatic emergency braking system at speeds above average.