Crash testing organisation reveals that the new Qoros 3 saloon and Renault Zoe were among the safest cars tested in 2013

Euro NCAP, the official body that assesses the safety of new cars, has revealed its class-leading cars of 2013.

A total of 33 cars, from seven categories, were destructively tested in 2013. Each car was examined and ranked for its adult, child and pedestrian protection, and its safety-assistance systems.

The new Qoros 3 saloon, the first model from the Chinese manufacturer, was the best performer in crash testing in 2013. It was also the first car from a Chinese manufacturer to attain the highest five-star rating.

Euro NCAP's crash-testing procedures have received numerous revisions and additions during the course of 2013, including the ability to reward manufacturers who design their cars to allow for the easy installation of the most popular child seats.

The organisation has also begun to test systems, such as radar-guided cruise control as part of the overall scoring process.

Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general, said: "Euro NCAP is continuously evolving in response to industry innovation and consumer expectation. It is very positive that the number of four and five stars is still significant, despite the ever-increasing requirements."

The cars, all of which attained a full five-star rating, secured the top positions by returning the highest overall scores.

The safest cars of 2013:

Supermini: Renault Zoe

Small family car: Qoros 3 saloon

Large family car: Lexus IS300h

Small MPV: Kia Carens/Ford Tourneo Connect

Small off-road 4x4: Jeep Cherokee

Executive: Maserati Ghibli

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9 January 2014
Not all of the cars breezing through the Euro NCAP test fare well in the IIHS small overlap test, the Lexus IS being one. There are some scary looking videos on youtube of mangled A-pillars and ruptured footwells on brand new cars.


9 January 2014
That's a great result for the hitherto unknown Qoros especially considering the past results of Chinese cars.
Renault Zoe and Lexus IS complete the top 3.
Surprisingly or perhaps not so surprisingly not a single VW Group product makes the best safe cars!

9 January 2014
fadyady wrote:

That's a great result for the hitherto unknown Qoros especially considering the past results of Chinese cars.
Renault Zoe and Lexus IS complete the top 3.
Surprisingly or perhaps not so surprisingly not a single VW Group product makes the best safe cars!

Or any car car from German brands for that matter. They're not as well engineered, designed or as advanced as the propaganda leads you to believe. They are not the leaders as they'd like you to think.

9 January 2014
@Roadster

I don't think the German brands are doing anything particularly wrong... its that everyone else has caught up with them. In the 70's and 80's they really were MUCH better than the competition. The Japanese were still producing crap (NSX and LS400, the first serious contenders arrived in the late 80's), Rovers leaked like sieves. I remember my parents drove a Ford Escort. I didn't realise how crap it was until I sat in my friends dads S-Class, and his mums E Class. Their auto gear sticks didn't vibrate on acceleration, their engines didn't sound like tractors, you could talk comfortably at motorway speeds without having to raise your voice. The materials were in another league. It was like communist era soviet block hotel vs swanky premium hotel in London or New York.

Recently I drove a Focus, and the shock was the other way around. It was easily a dynamic match for premium German metal. Objectively, it offered just as much as an Audi A3. Both cars had vibration free gear sticks, relatively hushed engines, you could easily conduct a conversation at motorway speeds without having to raise your voice. The A3 did have better materials but they weren't leagues apart like in the 80's. You could easily drive both cars all day, everyday for long distances without tiring (try that in an 80's Escort!)

However most of my friends would never drive anything other than premium German metal, because it was the aspirational thing to have when they were growing up, when it really was miles ahead. That is no longer true, but they don't care enough about cars to swot up on them, so they stick to what they THINK they know. The power of branding / brands is really quite interesting. As most cars are quite good these days, the premium brands may have had their day. Maybe when the kids being driven around in Skodas and Hondas grow up and start buying their own cars, they won't perceive such a difference. Roll on 2030!

10 January 2014
winniethewoo wrote:

@Roadster
I don't think the German brands are doing anything particularly wrong... its that everyone else has caught up with them...

Agree with most of what you've said. Other brands have more or less caught up with the German car makers who are now out-selling rivals on other business criteria such as brand power, good finance packages, opportune investment in media, shrewd advertising and marketing, etc.

10 January 2014
fadyady wrote:

Other brands have more or less caught up with the German car makers who are now out-selling rivals on other business criteria such as brand power, good finance packages, opportune investment in media, shrewd advertising and marketing, etc.

When you can lease an A6 Avant for less than a Mondeo estate you can see why the Germans shift so much metal. Arguments about what's good to drive and perceived quality go out of the window when you present someone with a proposition like that.


10 January 2014
bomb wrote:
fadyady wrote:

Other brands have more or less caught up with the German car makers who are now out-selling rivals on other business criteria such as brand power, good finance packages, opportune investment in media, shrewd advertising and marketing, etc.

When you can lease an A6 Avant for less than a Mondeo estate you can see why the Germans shift so much metal. Arguments about what's good to drive and perceived quality go out of the window when you present someone with a proposition like that.

You got a link to that deal? or is that a generalised statement? I do agree though germans will always shift more metal on the lease market as the residuals are all that more stronger which ultimately dictates your monthly cost.

10 January 2014
Smilerforce wrote:

You got a link to that deal?

Autocar's spam filter won't let me post it. Play around on contracthireandleasing dot com for a few minutes, there's one for £301 per month inc.VAT. The same company lists a Mondeo Zetec Business Edition estate for £325.


13 January 2014
bomb wrote:
Smilerforce wrote:

You got a link to that deal?

Autocar's spam filter won't let me post it. Play around on contracthireandleasing dot com for a few minutes, there's one for £301 per month inc.VAT. The same company lists a Mondeo Zetec Business Edition estate for £325.

surprising what you can pick up! I saw a 330d inc VAT for 305 a month inc vat before xmas.

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9 January 2014
..these results are a joke and quite meaningless. Its time the whole rational behind them was re- thought.
Any car can be (and is) engineered to pass the very rigid and prescriptive NCAP tests. This does not represent real life situations as human frailty and reaction distorts what actually happens in the event of an accident.
At its simplest very few people would have a direct head-on, most people would at least try to avoid this and so the forces are not distributed evenly.
Witness the number of French cars with 5 stars these days.....were I to be in an accident I would rather be in a Golf than a Megane or 308....or preferably an S Class Mercedes-Benz to have the best chance of survival, regardless of what NCAP might say!

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