11 March 2005

Peugeot’s new 1007 has become only the second supermini to earn the maximum five stars in a Euro NCAP crash test, along with the Renault Modus. The 1007, coming to the UK in June, put in an impressive performance due in part to the standard curtain, knee and dual-stage front airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners.

Euro NCAP said that Peugeot had put ‘much design effort’ into safeguarding the occupants’ knees and upper legs. Pedestrian protection, marked out of four stars, was not so good with an ‘average’ two stars, and the ‘mixed’ child protection (for children inside the car) earned three out of five.

Honda’s FR-V and Suzuki’s Swift were also tested. The Honda missed out on five stars in the front and side tests due to the risk of knee injury around the steering column and fascia. It achieved three stars for pedestrian and child protection.

The new Suzuki Swift also scored four stars in the frontal/side impact test and three for pedestrian impact and child impact, putting in a ‘sound all-round performance.’

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