The BMW 1 Series, Citroën C4, Ford Focus, Renault Modus and Seat Altea have received higher Euro NCAP occupant safety ratings than the more expensive, executive-class BMW 5 Series.

The BMW 1 Series, Citroën C4, Ford Focus, Renault Modus and Seat Altea have received higher Euro NCAP occupant safety ratings than the more expensive, executive-class BMW 5 Series.


Euro NCAP’s Phase 15 results were highlighted by the Renault Modus (which will be launched in South Africa in the second quarter of next year) becoming the first supermini to receive a five-star rating for occupant protection.


The Citroën C4, a small family car also due in South Africa next year, scored five stars for Occupant Protection, four stars for Child Protection and a creditable three stars for Pedestrian Protection. Its sibling, the facelifted C5 – classified as a large family car – “performed particularly well in the tests and with a belt reminder fitted to all seating positions underlines the importance of fastening your seat belt”, an NCAP spokesman was quoted as saying.


The Euro NCAP Phase 15 results incorporated 13 new models and one previously tested. Eight models (Modus, C4, Focus, 1 Series, C5, Altea, Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg), received the maximum five star rating for occupant safety and nine were given the maximum four star rating for child protection. However, no cars received the maximum four star rating for pedestrian protection and nine models were given merely a one star rating in that category.


Although the 5 Series’ competitor, the Audi A6, and Volkswagen’s luxury SUV, the Touareg, were also rated higher than BMW’s executive saloon for occupant safety (five stars), the Munich-based company will probably be a little embarrassed that its own subcompact, the 1 Series, and several other smaller and cheaper vehicles performed better than the Five in that test category.


Euro NCAP chairman Claes Tingvall said: “Manufacturers have realised that the occupants of smaller vehicles demand optimum safety standards. It is not merely a right reserved for those who can afford executive vehicles.


“It is a major disappointment that nine of the 14 models tested were worthy of just one star (out of four) for Pedestrian Safety. We believe that the public will be demanding more when they make their choice of new vehicle,” he added.


Summary of Results


Superminis:


Renault Modus

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star


Hyundai Getz

Occupant Protection: 4 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star


Fiat Panda

Occupant Protection: 3 stars

Child Protection: 2 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star


Kia Picanto

Occupant Protection: 3 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star


Small Family Cars:


Citroën C4

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 3 stars


Ford Focus

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 2 stars


BMW 1-Series

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 3 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star


Large Family Cars:


Citroën C5

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 3 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star


Skoda Octavia

Occupant Protection: 4 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 2 stars


Executive Cars:


Audi A6

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star


BMW 5-Series

Occupant Protection: 4 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star


Small MPV:


Seat Altea

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 3 stars


Large Off-Roader:


VW Touareg

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star