India Bound SUVs Bag 5 Stars at the Euro NCAP Crash Tests

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  • Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 and Tucson along with Toyota Yaris scored perfect 5 stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests.
  • Mustang Mach-E topped the list with the highest scores.
  • IONIQ 5 is all set to enter the Indian market, while Ford and Tucson are expected later.

The Euro NCAP is more stringent than GNCAP with its testing by including testing for systems such as autonomous emergency braking, driver monitoring and speed assistance systems like a warning for exceeding speed limit and active cruise control.

Euro NCAP’s testing involves a frontal impact with a 50 percent off-set, with the test car and the deformable barrier both moving at 50kmph along with an impact into a full-width rigid barrier. Additionally, vehicles in Euro NCAP also undergo side-impact testing with a pole impact and a mobile barrier.

Mustang Mach-E received 92% in adult occupant safety and 86% in child occupant safety.

IONIQ and Tucson came out with 88% and 86% in adult occupant safety respectively.

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Meanwhile, Yaris scored 86% and 84% in adult and child occupant safety.

Safety Assist features scored lower in comparison at 70% for Tucson as all its competitors scored above 80% in that category.

Pedestrian and cyclist safety was rated highest in the Yaris, a 78% that is even higher than Ford’s Mustang.

Though each of these vehicles scored higher in one or the other categories, Ford’s Mustang Mach-E came out on top with its overall high rating.

Apart from this, Volvo’s XC40 Recharge, an all-electric vehicle also scored 5 stars in the IIHS crash test.

In India, bookings were opened earlier this year for XC40 Recharge in June 2021. The IONIQ 5 is also to arrive in India next year, along with the facelifted Kona Electric. Though the IONIQ 5 will be imported as a CBU. Tucson made its global debut last year. It is also expected to be launched in India sometime in 2022. Sadly, Ford’s Mach-E will not be seen in our roads next year. Ford has made comments about bringing it to India in 2023, but since its exit from India’s auto markets, we’ll just have to wait and watch.

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