Latest round of safety tests sees Tesla's Model S score five stars, but Suzuki's Celerio city car loses out on a top rating
Darren Moss
5 November 2014

The Tesla Model S, BMW 2-series Active Tourer, Skoda Fabia and Nissan Pulsar have all gained top marks in the latest round of Euro NCAP safety tests.

These latest tests also see the Renault Megane upgraded from three to four stars. 

The French firm's family hatchback was docked one star back in July because its seat belt warning messages weren't available in all languages. Having modified the system to meet Euro NCAP standards, the Megane has re-gained its four-star rating.

Suzuki's Celerio city car was also tested, and scored three stars. Order books for the Celerio open in the UK in the first quarter of next year, with the model having been revealed at the Delhi motor show back in February. 

Euro NCAP testers rated the Celerio fairly well for adult and child occupant protection, but commented that the Celerio's bonnet offered poor pelvis protection for pedestrians in the event of an accident. 

The city car was docked points because it does not come with a speed limiter, lane-keeping assist or autonomous emergency braking. The car also lost out as it wasn't tested in the organisation's side pole test - a decision taken as the Celerio doesn't feature side curtain airbags as standard.

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5 November 2014
Hang on, wasn't the Megane degraded from 5 to 4 stars? I was fairly sure it originally had 5 stars like its predecessor, no? Either way, it makes Renault look a bit backward considering the Nissan Pulsar and much smaller Skoda Fabia have both gained the top rating. I do wonder whether my DS3 would manage the top rating in a 2014 Euro NCAP test; it has a speed limiter but doesn't have lane-keep assist or autonomous emergency braking. It'll be interesting to see how these more stringent tests will encourage manufacturers to fit more safety kit as standard. I remember when ABS became compulsory!

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5 November 2014
Yeah, it was 5*, then the rating system was changed and it only qualified for 4*s, and then they docked a star before giving it back after the revisions. However be aware of this: "the Nissan Pulsar and much smaller Skoda Fabia have both gained the top rating. " That's an apples/oranges comparison. Remember, a 5* small car is not the same as a 5* large car. EuroNCAP say this:"Accurate comparisons can only be made between cars in the same group. ". It's best to think of it as - if a Fabia crashed into a car of the same size and weight it would do very well and if a Tesla Model S crashed into another car of the same size and weight as the Tesla, that too would do well. But...if the Fabia were to crash into the Tesla the result is unpredictable. The laws of physics suggest that the bigger, heavier car would come off better. But that's a kind of test EuroNCAP just don't do.

5 November 2014
autocar wrote:

The city car was docked points because it does not come with a speed limiter, lane-keeping assist or autonomous emergency braking.

A speed limiter - which you can turn off. Lane-keeping assist - which you can turn off. Autonomous emergency braking - which you can turn off. And all of these essential 'safety' devices invented because? THE DRIVER ISN'T PAYING ATTENTION !!!! Basically what NCAP are saying is if the driver can't have forty winks whilst driving his or her car, then the manufacturer is getting docked points.

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