Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and Kia Soul EV rated by Euro NCAP in its last round of tests for 2014; Jeep Renegade and regular Kia Soul also tested
Darren Moss
10 December 2014

Audi's A3 Sportback e-tron has been awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP in the safety body's last round of tests for 2014.

Also tested this month was Kia's Soul and Soul EV, both of which scored four stars, while Jeep's new Renegade was awarded a top five-star rating.

Euro NCAP's testers gave the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron an adult safety rating of 82 per cent, noting good body protection for both driver and passenger during front impact tests. The electric Audi scored a 66 per cent rating for pedestrian protection and a 78 per cent rating for child safety.

Kia's Soul EV scored an adult safety rating of 84 per cent, with 82 per cent for child safety. Testers noted that the Soul EV scored particularly well during side impact tests, with good body protection throughout.

The standard Soul fared slightly less well, gaining an adult safety rating of 75 per cent and a child rating of 82 per cent.

Jeep's baby Renegade impressed Euro NCAP's testers, with the SUV offering good protection during both front and side impact tests. The model was given an 87 per cent rating for adult protection and 85 per cent for children.

BMW also earned a Euro NCAP award for its advanced pedestrian warning and city braking systems.

To see the full results, head to the Euro NCAP website.

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10 December 2014
Is it a tad worrying that so many newly launched models are only achieving 4 stars? I know Euro NCAP have made the 5 stars harder to achieve, and probably rightly so in an effort to improve safety and prevent manufacturers from become complacent, but surely all the 4 star models are therefore less safe than 5 star ones? I'm thinking especially of the Soul and the latest MINI - which only achieved 4 stars - a whole star less than its predecessor.


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10 December 2014
Mini2 wrote:

I'm thinking especially of the Soul and the latest MINI - which only achieved 4 stars - a whole star less than its predecessor.

I think the previous versions were to the old standard.

What NCAP and the press haven't made clear is what the differences are and the equivalence to the old stanard is. It looks as though the newer models are woerse, but they are probably not

Surely it would have been easier and clearer to us car buyers to add a sixth star for the new standard?

10 December 2014
Mini2 wrote:

Is it a tad worrying that so many newly launched models are only achieving 4 stars? I know Euro NCAP have made the 5 stars harder to achieve, and probably rightly so in an effort to improve safety and prevent manufacturers from become complacent, but surely all the 4 star models are therefore less safe than 5 star ones? I'm thinking especially of the Soul and the latest MINI - which only achieved 4 stars - a whole star less than its predecessor.

The Audi scored 82adult and 78child to the Kia' s 84adult and 82child, this surely means the Kia is as safe in an accident, well one tested for anyway, it must purely be the additional safety kit available and or labelling, I seem to remember safe cars getting knocked down on points because the passenger airbag warning on the sun visor was removable etc, it's not all how safe the car actually is and unfortunately this is never really explained.

10 December 2014
si73 wrote:
Mini2 wrote:

Is it a tad worrying that so many newly launched models are only achieving 4 stars? I know Euro NCAP have made the 5 stars harder to achieve, and probably rightly so in an effort to improve safety and prevent manufacturers from become complacent, but surely all the 4 star models are therefore less safe than 5 star ones? I'm thinking especially of the Soul and the latest MINI - which only achieved 4 stars - a whole star less than its predecessor.

The Audi scored 82adult and 78child to the Kia' s 84adult and 82child, this surely means the Kia is as safe in an accident, well one tested for anyway, it must purely be the additional safety kit available and or labelling, I seem to remember safe cars getting knocked down on points because the passenger airbag warning on the sun visor was removable etc, it's not all how safe the car actually is and unfortunately this is never really explained.

The MINI only managed four stars, with the lower bonnet and windscreen sections marked as "poor" in the frontal collision. Nothing to do with missing safety features or removable air-bag stickers, its down to bad design.

10 December 2014
In picture 2 the Kia's lower sill can be seen to have bent., looks like it has been pushed back by the front wheel. Can't bode well for what might happen in a heavier impact.

 

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