Euro NCAP gives Landwind CV9 MPV a two star rating; Jaguar XF only scores four stars
24 November 2010

The first Chinese model to be officially tested by Euro NCAP has received a two star rating.

The Landwind CV9 mid-sized MPV is from the firm that made headlines back in 2005 when its X6 SUV scored zero stars in Euro NCAP-style German ADAC safety tests, revealing that the driver wouldn’t survive a head-on collision at 40mph. The X6’s airbags were also deemed useless and the cabin collapsed on impact.

See pics of the Landwind CV9 in its Euro NCAP safety test

The firm states the CV9 “has been revamped to meet the strictest European safety standards”. Although it’s improved on its 2005 performance, Landwind’s latest model offering was described by Euro NCAP as being “poorly equipped, lacking a side-protection airbag, a head-protection device and electronic stability control”.

Euro NCAP did however say CV9 came close to a three-star rating for its adult occupant protection, but was awarded two stars for its overall performance.

Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s secretary general, said: "It is clear that vehicles from China, India and other emerging countries will in the next few years become commonplace on European roads. Euro NCAP will ensure that consumers know what levels of safety are offered by these vehicles.

“By highlighting differences in safety performance, we aim to drive the safety of all cars towards and beyond the high levels we see from more well-established manufacturers. We are confident that Landwind and others will rise to this challenge."

Read more about Chinese saloon's zero star rating

Another notable result from the 14 cars tested by Euro NCAP was the four star award given to the Jaguar XF. A five star rating is the norm in the executive saloon class, a rating received by the new BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-class models.

Euro NCAP said the XF’s score was limited by its adult and child occupant protection. A statement read: “In the side pole impact of the XF, chest protection was rated as weak and the car’s seat and head restraint provided marginal whiplash protection.”

A Jaguar spokesman told Autocar that the firm was confident the XF offered a high-level of safety protection, and all of its in-house real world scenario crash tests confirmed this. "Crash test performance is important to us and we take it very seriously," said the spokesman. "Everything will be taken on-board; we're looking at how we can incorporate the results into future XFs."

Two other cars tested received four star ratings: the new Nissan Micra and the Volkswagen Amarok pick-up.

All the other cars tested by Euro NCAP received five star ratings. These include the Audi A1, Mini Countryman, Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, Kia Sportage, Seat Alhambra, Vauxhall Meriva and Volkswagen’s new Passat and Sharan models. The Kia Venga also received a five star rating after Kia made changes to its design to ensure it bettered its original four star score of February 2010.Read more on the most recent Euro NCAP results from August

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24 November 2010

Although chinese cars going tits up in any kind of safety test is really old and ongoing news, at least 2 stars is much better than none. What I dont understand is that despite knowing what the market standards are why do they insist on making contraptions that are below par.

24 November 2010

I think the XF only scoring 4 stars deserves it's own story. That could be a sales killer for Jaguar.

24 November 2010

[quote theonlydt] I think the XF only scoring 4 stars deserves it's own story. That could be a sales killer for Jaguar.[/quote]

Absolutely. I'm shocked by this. There's a revamp coming up and I would hope/expect that the necessary improvements will be made for that but still- the XF is recent enough that it should have done better than that.

24 November 2010

Some manufacturers build cars to be safe & strong. Others build them to pass specific crash tests. I bet if you put a Jag & a BMW through crashes that are not the normal 'tests', the results could be very different...Just a thought. I used to work for Volvo so I have a bit of experience.

24 November 2010

That's right. Swedish cars don't always top the EuroNCAP charts (in fact, rarely do), but in real world crash survivability data, they are well clear of the rest.

24 November 2010

[quote Oilburner] That's right. Swedish cars don't always top the EuroNCAP charts (in fact, rarely do), but in real world crash survivability data, they are well clear of the rest.[/quote]

I'll stop being so hysterical then... I currently have a 9-5 Aero because it was the cheapest half-decent NCAP 5 Star car I could get. I fancy a used XF in a couple of years but not sure if I can do the '4-star' thing.

24 November 2010

[quote supermanuel] I fancy a used XF in a couple of years but not sure if I can do the '4-star' thing[/quote]

I wouldn't worry about it too much, the XF is likely to be bigger and heavier that whatever hits you (with any luck) so you'll still probably come off best.

Remember also that the E60 BMW only had 4 stars and I've never read about any safety issues with that car. It

24 November 2010

[quote supermanuel] I fancy a used XF in a couple of years but not sure if I can do the '4-star' thing[/quote]

I wouldn't worry about it too much, the XF is likely to be bigger and heavier that whatever hits you (with any luck) so you'll still probably come off best.

Remember also that the E60 BMW only had 4 stars and I've never read about any safety issues with that car. It didn't seem to affect sales either.

24 November 2010

[quote supermanuel]

[quote Oilburner] That's right. Swedish cars don't always top the EuroNCAP charts (in fact, rarely do), but in real world crash survivability data, they are well clear of the rest.[/quote]

I'll stop being so hysterical then... I currently have a 9-5 Aero because it was the cheapest half-decent NCAP 5 Star car I could get. I fancy a used XF in a couple of years but not sure if I can do the '4-star' thing.

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It's a bit like both Megane and E Class are 5-star cars, but I know which one I'd rather be inside if it crashed.

24 November 2010

[quote Aly1000]Some manufacturers build cars to be safe & strong. Others build them to pass specific crash tests. I bet if you put a Jag & a BMW through crashes that are not the normal 'tests', the results could be very different...Just a thought.[/quote]

Agree 100%. In fact, I've been saying this for a long time now...that Euro NCAP's biggest problem, IMO, is that they still don't really show how cars do in the real world. For example, I was quite shocked with the current Toyota Avensis: the A-pillar bended quite a-bit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvjSXz-yW6U), and also in Euro NCAP's tets, the ESP system seemed to engage a-little late (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRSOtgE0_20), but still got the full 5 stars without any problems.

So, in short, there's more to safety than these tests...in fact, some Mercedes models got 4/5 stars in American full-frontal tests...but Merc's reply was that they build their cars to do well in real-life crashes; i.e., in the real world you are unlikely to have a full-on crash (which is less demanding on a car than an offset crash). In fact, both E-Class and C-Class managed quite good Euro NCAP ratings but still looked like they had extremely solid structures, which means they also do well in bigger crashes. In fact, I consider them to be the benchmark in safety.

I too was surprised about the XF...but again, I agree that in real-life crashes this would perform better: it looks very stable and is quite heavy, so it has an advantage over most other cars. That said, the E-Class also has a very stiff structure but sill managed 5 stars...then again, they do have quite a-lot of experience in safety.

I think it's time for EuroNCAP to perform an additional crash test at a higher speed than 40mph, to really see how cars would cope with the extra forces and energies involved.

 

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