Fiat Punto gets totaled by no-star Euro NCAP rating

Doris Richards
December 13, 2017

Others have suffered too, with many dropping from five to three stars, including the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, DS3 and the Toyota Aygo (although the Aygo gets four stars if it has the optional safety equipment fitted).

To allow consumers to make a fair comparison of new models, Euro NCAP has updated the ratings on several of recently facelifted cars. This too was the first time such a score had been awarded by Euro NCAP.

Avery went on to say that "things have moved on" since the Punto was first tested in 2005, commenting that as well as "missing fundamental passive safety systems like side airbags" and offering "poor whiplash protection", the Punto isn't available with sophisticated active systems such as autonomous emergency braking.

"Some great strides have been made in auto safety this year; 72 percent of the cars tested achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating, as compared to the 56 percent in 2016; but December's test results have shown that some vehicle makers are choosing not to fit potentially life-saving safety technology as standard, despite an overall trend to the contrary in 2017", said Matthew Avery, Thatcham's research director.

First released in 2005, the Italian hatchback was awarded a score of just 51 per cent for adult occupant protection, while child and pedestrian protection were rated at 43 per cent and 52 per cent respectively. The organisation is particularly stringent on cars that don't take cheap and simple safety tech seriously.

Not a month seems to go by where Euro NCAP aren't awarding the latest new vehicle releases five star ratings due to the crash protection and anti-crash technology offered.

The Jaguar F-Pace, Kia Stinger, fourth generation BMW 6 Series and Hyundai Kona all achieved five-star Euro NCAP ratings in the latest tests.

The fact that older cars can not compete illustrates the pace at which the vehicle industry is innovating safety and the willingness and ability of competitive manufacturers to meet the highest standards.

Euro NCAP secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen, said, "We have seen a lot of good cars in 2017, able to meet Euro NCAP's five-star requirements". Those who do not keep their cars up to the latest standards get left behind and are at increased risk, as these results clearly show.

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