Top marks for Q2, Edge and Ioniq in latest Euro NCAP tests
It’s been a bumper-to-bumper month over at Euro NCAP, with several new models to the market have endured its rigorous crash testing program.
The Audi Q2, Ford Edge and Hyundai Ioniq all received the maximum five stars for their standard safety equipment, while the SsangYong Tivoli, Tivoli XLV and the Suzuki Ignis also picked up admirable ratings thanks to optional safety packs.
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With Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) standard across the range it’s no wonder the Audi Q2 was awarded the full five stars, but its impressive ratings for child occupancy protection (86%), and pedestrian protection (70%) no doubt helped.
It’s not really a surprise to see that despite lagging a little behind the Q2 in the AEB department, the behemoth Ford Edge SUV also received the full five stars. In fact, its Lane Keep and Intelligent Speed Assist systems means it actually scores higher than the Audi for Safety Assist Systems with 89%.
The innovative Hyundai Ioniq was the other car to make the top grade thanks to a plethora of AEB tech (Pedestrian, City and Interurban), as well as scoring impressive marks for adult occupancy protection (91%) and pedestrian protection (70%).
Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe said: “The five-star rating from Euro NCAP for the IONIQ underlines the benefits of Hyundai Motor’s approach to democratising technology,”
“State-of-the-art active safety features are fitted as standard in all versions making the IONIQ one of the safest cars in its segment and a safe and accessible e-mobility choice for customers.”
Although it only scored three stars in standard guise, it was probably the Suzuki Ignis that’s the greatest surprise of these tests. Despite its tiny size, the Ignis has an optional safety pack that includes AEB systems, Lane Assist, Speed Assistance Control. Spec this option and it gets the full five stars.
Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen says: “It is good to see the dual rating scheme being used as it encourages vehicle manufacturers to develop advanced technologies for their vehicles, even if pricing of the product does not allow it to be standard across the range.”
If you want to know more about the latest and greatest (and safest) cars, here’s the result of Euro NCAP’s last batch of tests.
Latest Euro NCAP results in full
SsangYong Tivoli (with safety pack)
SsangYong Tivoli XLV (with safety pack)
Suzuki Ignis (with safety pack)