In November, Kolesa.ru talked about the fact that the Chinese startup Aiways certified the U5 electric SUV for Europe, and therefore it is the place for it in the Euro NCAP tests. Well, how are the results? Both frontal attacks Aiways U5 was successful, but with side problems. With a side impact on the deformable barrier, the driver’s window cushion didn’t open as it should, due to which, at low loads, the sensors had to be lowered. The Chinese crossover failed a side impact on the pillar: the airbag could not protect the driver’s head from contact with the body being crushed – a red, deadly level of loads was recorded. In total, despite the decent work of regular active safety systems, there are only three rating stars. Representatives of the company Aiways said that they will finalize the design of the U5 to earn a higher rating.
The compact HS crossover of the British brand MG (owned by the Chinese concern SAIC) is officially sold only in the UK, and therefore Euro NCAP beat the right-hand drive version. The final rating is 5 stars, including those for well-tuned active safety systems, but a lateral crash test about the pillar revealed a high brown level of stress in the chest of the driver, which means a high risk of serious injuries and fractures that could lead to death . Also, a high brown level of loads was recorded on the head of a mannequin imitating a 6-year-old child during a side impact on a deformable barrier and on the neck of a mannequin imitating a 10-year-old child with a frontal impact on a deformable barrier.
The subcompact electric crossover MG ZS EV protects children better – no deadly loads have been fixed on the mannequins imitating them. But with a side impact on the pole, the electric SUV performed just as badly as its older gasoline counterpart: the driver’s chest had a high brown level of stress. The same level of loads was recorded on the chest of the fifth percentile dummy (height – 150 cm, weight – 50 kg), sitting in the back seat with a frontal impact on the wall. Nevertheless, Euro NCAP experts found it possible to give the Chinese car a maximum five-star final rating.
And what about the new VW Golf? Has it become a benchmark for passive safety class? Unfortunately no. With a frontal impact against a wall on the passenger’s chest, a borderline orange level of loads was recorded in the rear seat at which there is a high probability of injuries, and with a side impact on a deformable barrier, the rear door on the driver’s side opened, which is why the score was removed from Golf for this test. But the final rating, of course, is five stars.
When testing the Audi Q8 coupe-like premium crossover, Euro NCAP experts cheated: they took, and counted the results of the crash tests of the related Audi Q7 – it’s “the seventh” in the video. In Q7, frontal impacts on the chest of mannequins recorded a borderline orange level of loads, which, of course, is not solid for a car of this class.
The subcompact SUV Ford Puma proved to be great in all trials, with the exception of a frontal impact on a deformable barrier – a borderline orange level of loads was recorded on the driver’s chest.
The new Nissan Juke is one of the main competitors of the Ford Puma. Juke did well with frontal crash tests, but with a side impact on a pole on the mannequin’s chest, a borderline orange level of loads was recorded – there is a risk of injury.
Electric trinity VW up !, Seat Mii, Skoda Citigo received three stars rating for brother. There are no critical risks for adults, but with frontal impacts, the chest cells stably recorded a borderline-dangerous orange level of exposure. As for the children, a lateral impact on the deformable barrier on the chest of the “10-year-old” doll revealed a deadly red stress level – there are almost no chances to survive … But the low score is due mainly to the meager equipment of city electric cars with active safety systems.
It is curious that the gasoline up !, tested by Euro NCAP in 2011, showed a higher level of protection during frontal impact on the deformable barrier – obviously, the difference in weight affected: the gasoline machine weighed 855 kg, the electric one – 1164 kg.