RANKING: The terrible result of Renault and Dacia. On the contrary, Fabia passed the exams – Nach Welt

One is one of the most popular European electric cars, the other the cheapest. However, both failed in the most recent Euro NCAP crash tests and safety assessments. Renault Zoe doesn’t get any of the five stars, Dacia Spring only one. This is not exactly the best calling card for the Renault group, to which both brands belong. According to the French carmaker, this is due to the frequent changes in the evaluation criteria. The rules were last tightened last year.

Renault Zoe is only the third model in the history of safety tests by the independent Euro NCAP organization that has not received a single star. This is evident from the results of the last test round, which this year passed a total of 33 cars from different brands. You can find their placements at the end of the article.

Zoe had a full five stars in the past, but now it has been tested after last year’s facelift, which brought more power and battery, but also significantly changed the safety of the small electric car.

The new side airbag in the seat protects the passengers’ chest, but not their halves as before. Crash tests have shown that impact with the side pillar can lead to serious head injuries. According to Euro NCAP, the change has led to a significant reduction in occupant protection.

The results of the frontal impact tests into the guardrail of only parts of the car were also poor; in this case, only the driver’s chest and the neck of the children in the rear seats are said to be very poorly protected.

Zoe did not benefit from the fact that the active safety technology did not come as standard as on other models. Lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking are missing. In the safety assistance systems category, the model only received 14% of the points.

Zoe scored just 43% on adult occupant safety ratings, 52% on children’s ratings, and 41% on protecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

“When we first tested Zoe, he did quite well and had all the elements at the time that were required for a good score. But if you’re still the same 10 years later, you’re not doing so well, ”said Matthew Avery of Euro-NCAP. He drew attention to the development of security features and technologies, according to which the requirements of security tests are continuously adapted.

“Renault takes note of the published results. At the same time it is affirmed that Zoe E-Tech Electric is a safe vehicle that meets all safety standards. These standards are constantly evolving and becoming stricter in all areas, especially in the area of ​​security. Renault is therefore constantly improving its offer in order to comply with the regulations that apply where its vehicles are sold, ”the automaker said in a general statement to the British Coach-Shop.

She also pointed out that Zoe has security features depending on the equipment, so at an additional cost. From March next year, all cars produced will have at least an autonomous emergency braking system.

Renault notes that the protocols used by Euro NCAP to assess security change frequently. Since 2013, when the original Zoe was launched and awarded five stars, the rating system has seen five major changes, and each of them can mean up to two stars less for a particular model, although the features haven’t changed.

The current version of Zoe has been in development since 2017 and, according to Renault, has the most modern features for the time, so it meets the highest safety requirements of the time.

Another Renault electric car did not do well – the new Spring model from its Romanian brand Dacia. The results are “problematic” according to Euro NCAP.

The organization said frontal crash tests revealed a high risk of life-threatening injuries to the driver’s chest and front passenger’s head. In the event of a side impact, only weak chest protection.

“It is far from a safe family car, despite being sold as the ideal family car,” said Matthew Avery. Dacia consciously saves on the technological equipment of their cars in order to keep the final price as low as possible, but according to Avery Spring is already on the advance in terms of safety – important active safety systems are missing.

“Dacia claims that drivers don’t need collision avoidance technology. We would argue that this is not the way to go because nobody wants to have an accident, ”Avery said, adding that the electric car has very poor active and passive safety.

But Dacia contradicts: “Spring is a safe new segment A. It is homologated, complies with European safety regulations and goes even further.” The Romanian carmaker also criticized the fact that the Euro-NCAP protocols are becoming stricter every two years, especially for small city cars.

In this year’s tests, however, the Dacia did not become famous with other models Logan and Sandero Stepwaywhich burned again mainly due to electronics and the lack of assistants.

Here are 11 models that didn’t get the full number of stars this year. The safety rating for adult passengers is highlighted in yellow, the safety of child passengers in blue, the protection of unprotected road users in green and the rating of assistance systems in purple:

Those: Euro NCAP

In the last round, Euro NCAP also rated BMW iX, Genesis G70, Genesis GV70, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Nissan Qashqai, Škoda Fabia and Volkswagen Caddy. All received the full number of stars.

Despite having the lowest average rating of any five-star model, the fourth generation Fabia is still one of the safest cars in its class. Since 2008, all 14 tested koda vehicles have received five stars.

Here are 22 models that got the full number of stars in this year’s tests, sorted by average scores from lowest to highest rating. The safety rating for adult passengers is again marked in yellow, the safety of child passengers is blue, the protection of unprotected road users is green and the rating of assistance systems is purple:

Those: Euro NCAP

European New Car Assessment Program (Euro-NCAP) is an association of transport ministries, car clubs, insurance associations and research institutes from eight European countries, founded in 1997. The consortium based in Leuven, Belgium, carries out safety tests of current models and evaluates their active and passive safety. The tests have been gradually tightened in recent years and now include several collision scenarios. While in the past only the results of crash tests were evaluated, today the evaluation of active safety and assistance systems is increasingly reflected in the result.

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