Volkswagen and Skoda electrify latest Euro NCAP safety ratings

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Euro NCAP has released the safety ratings of the new Skoda Enyaq iV and Volkswagen ID.4, both of which are awarded a top five-star rating.

The Enyaq iV is Skoda’s first ground-up all-electric vehicle and uses the same MEB platform – VW Group’s modular platform for battery electric vehicles - that is used for the new Volkswagen ID.4 and the ID.3 tested by Euro NCAP last year.

Both the Enyaq iV and ID.4 turn in impressive performances and are separated by no more than a few points in the different areas of assessment. With robust structures to protect occupants and the high-voltage battery and frontal, curtain and centre airbags as standard, both cars achieve a score of over 90 per cent for adult occupant protection.

Compared to the smaller ID.3, Euro NCAP says the ID.4 and Enyaq iV hold more appeal for family buyers wanting more space, and potential owners will be reassured with high marks in child occupant protection, as well as for the protection of vulnerable road users and for safety assistance. VW also fits Local Hazard Warning as standard equipment on the ID.4 but the system is not yet available on the Enyaq iV.

Euro NCAP also tested the Dacia Sandero Stepway and Logan, and a spokesperson says both remain true to the budget brand’s ‘no-frills’ ethos and have a pared-down safety specification – with a two-star rating awarded to both models.

The basic, radar-only autonomous emergency braking system reacts only to other vehicles – soon a legal requirement – but it is not designed to prevent crashes with pedestrians or cyclists and there is no lane support.

However, crash protection is respectable, with performance that would make the car a four-star performer if it were not for its shortcomings elsewhere, Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP explained.

Additional tests have been done on the Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid and show that it performs at the same five-star level as its combustion-engined stablemates, earlier this year.

 

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