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Old 06-03-2004, 04:30   #1 (permalink)
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EuroNCAP Crash Test Results

Just paying rego on euro4d (yes, a year old already) and found a crash test brochure at the RTA on small-medium cars.

The Renault Megane series II came out best, the only car with a 5 star rating. The Peugeot 307 was second on 4 1/2, and the VW Polo at 4 stars.

The Focus was further down, rated 3 stars, as did the Astra, Mazda 2, and VW Golf.

No Hyundai rated higher than 2 stars, nor did the Holden Cruze.

Thought it was a bit interesting!

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Re: EuroNCAP Crash Test Results

Its good to see that the focus at least got 3/5 which is a pretty good result, no real surprise that the Hyundai or Cruze are down that low, nor any surprise the other cars are that high as they are all good euro std of quality and safety

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Re: EuroNCAP Crash Test Results

Interesting because I rattle off that the Focus has a 4 star rating in EuroNCAP and ANCAP (which is too lazy to test the Focus and thus adopts EuroNCAP)... details can be found on both the EuroNCAP website http://www.euroncap.com/content/safe...ings.php?id1=2

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http://www.mynrma.com.au/motoring/ca...ordfocus.shtml

I stick with 4 stars which they all have, but the Koreans all are dodgy and the Megane still gets its 5 stars.

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Re: EuroNCAP Crash Test Results

The brochure has more options, not just 5 stars... its very close to three on the brochure, and the cars vary up to four. That site you gave just lists them all at four.



Compared to most the cars tested (mainly European) the Focus compared fairly average. But the cars that faired better you would expect, such as Mazda, Mercedes, BMW, VW, Renault and Peugeot. They all scored higher than the Focus on this scale with more levels.

Pick it up and check it out if you're going by an RTA or when ya pay ya rego again.

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Re: EuroNCAP Crash Test Results

which model focus is tested? because higher models will have higher ratings. ie. the cl doesn't have 4wheel discs which is bad, but the higher models have 4wheel discs, and some have side airbags etc so a ghia should rate higher than a cl. how do they judge it?
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Re: EuroNCAP Crash Test Results

They do a series of three tests (though one is optional), first is a side impact crash, where a weight is rammed into the side of the vehicle at 50kmh. The second is an offset frontal collision, where the car hits a block with the front of the car, but only one side (drivers). That's done at 64kmh. Last test, the optional one, is the vehicle sliding sideways into a pole at 29kmh.

Things like brakes don't change what happens in a collision, they may change how likely you are to get into a collision and at what speed, but these tests are all done at the same speeds so that wouldn't change anything. Things like airbag levels in the Ghia certainly would, they just use the standard Focus for its test results, which cover the CL to the Zetec, as they all have the same safety equipment being tested.

It measures injury to the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, upper and lower legs and the deformation of the vehicles structure.

That's about all the information it has here... it's not a massive brochure, only three little diagrams, no pictures even!

Just thought it was an interesting 5 minute read. Not like there's much we can do about the results now anyway

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Hyundai's have a shocking rep in the emergency services, accidents even below 6okph have a higher probability of fatality at the scene then most small cars.
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