EuroNCAP crash test: Skoda and Volkswagen shine, Dacia “falls” on the safety pack

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New round of EuroNCAP crash tests, with results clearly divided in half: on the one hand two five-star cars, the electric Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV, on the other the Dacia Sandero Stepway and the sedan version, the Logan, which instead stopped at two.

The Adas penalize Sandero and Logan

The independent European safety agency also tested the hybrid variant of the Cupra Formentor, rated last month, which also received five stars. The two Dacias were therefore disappointing: faithful to the “no frills” ethics of the low cost brand, for EuroNCAP “they have reduced safety specifications”.

Particularly penalizing them is the basic autonomous emergency braking system set on radar only (without camera), which reacts only to other vehicles but is not designed to recognize and prevent accidents with pedestrians or cyclists, and the absence of the overrun warning. of the roadway

“Respectable”, however, the impact protection, “with performance that would make the car a four-star if it were not for its defects elsewhere”.

“Security has gone on – underlined Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General – and now great strides are being made using high technology to prevent accidents. Clearly, Dacia has found its market and is sticking to it, but a two-star rating shows little ambition, even for a low-cost product. Their decision not to offer a camera is clearly out of business and disappointing, as Dacia is aware that their cars will soon have to comply with the new general safety regulation ”.

Guaranteeing the safety standards required by law – or shortly foreseen by law, such as emergency autonomous braking – in short, is no longer enough, especially in light of the technological innovation in terms of Adas that unites most of the houses.

Skoda and Volkswagen awarded: “They offer the highest level of safety”

The Enyaq iV, Škoda’s first fully electric vehicle, and the Volkswagen ID.4 for EuroNCAP are proof of this. The Enyaq uses the same modular MEB platform used for the new Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.3, tested last year, and both cars offer “impressive performance”, with a difference of a few points from one to another. other in the different areas of evaluation.

With robust structures, high-voltage battery and standard front, curtain and center airbags, both cars score over 90% for adult occupant protection. Compared to the smaller ID.3, the ID.4 and the Enyaq iV offer more space and are among the models most suitable for families, also thanks to the excellent results obtained also in tests for the protection of children. The ID.4 also features Local Hazard Warning as standard equipment, a system that is not yet available on the Enyaq iV.

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