October 19, 2017 at 12:36 PM
The latest 2017 Ford Fiesta has earned the highest score in the Euro NCAP safety crash tests - earning itself a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. The Ford Fiesta first appeared on Britain's roads back in 1976, with the latest MK8 Ford Fiesta - the most technologically-advanced small car on sale in Europe - launched in 2017.
The 2017 Ford Fiesta is the third consecutive generation of Ford Fiesta to be awarded a 5-star Euro NCAP Safety Rating, having also taken top marks in 2012 (Mk7) and 2008 (Mk6).
The safety rating of cars are determined from a series of tests, designed and completed by independent crash test authority Euro NCAP using the stated vehicle, to represent real-world accident scenarios that could cause injury or death or the vehicle's occupants or other road users. The 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP refers to cars with "overall good performance in crash protection. Well equipped with robust crash avoidance technology"
The 2017 Ford Fiesta scored an impressive 87% for Adult Occupant tests and 84% for Child Occupant tests, demonstrating it's excellent protection against side and frontal impacts, and also performing well in whiplash prevention. In the Pedestrian safety tests, the all-new Ford Fiesta scored 64%. The popular supermini's extensive driver aids and safety features including speed assistance and lane assist systems - all included as standard, helped the all-new Ford Fiesta score 60% for Euro NCAP's Safety Assist category, recognising the Fiesta's more sophisticated seatbelts and safety systems which help drivers avoid straying from their lane or exceeding a pre-set speed limit.
"Euro NCAP exists to help consumers make informed choices around car safety. This is especially important for top sellers like the Ford Fiesta – a car which Euro NCAP has tested on six different occasions over the past 20 years.” says Matthew Avery of British Euro NCAP partner Thatcham Research.
For the first time, seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters, which were positively commended by Euro NCAP, are offered for rear-seat in addition to front-seat occupants. The Fiesta also demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision, it also achieved top marks in replicating a side impact from another vehicle, which is in part due to the new design which can direct energy to the roof, from such a collision.
Joe Bakaj, VP for Product Development for Ford Europe has sad “Fiesta can now help steer drifting drivers back into the lane, and can monitor the road ahead up to the length of a football pitch – helping drivers detect and avoid hazards for safer journeys.”
The model used in the actual test was the Ford Fiesta 1.1L Ti-VCT 70PS 5-door hatchback, however, the safety rating applies to 3-door and 5-door petrol and diesel variants within the latest Ford Fiesta range.
If the latest Euro NCAP safety ratings don't put your mind at ease, the all-new Fiesta is also the first Ford in Europe to undergo computer simulation crash tests using advanced new Finite Element Analysis, to predict how safety features from airbags to body structure will react on impact in the event of an accident. FEA has allowed Ford to further develop the Fiesta's safety features to make them as efficient and effective as possible.