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Thatcham Research: Missing occupant interaction countermeasures see Renault Kangoo and Vauxhall Mokka fall short of five-stars

The latest two cars to be tested by Euro NCAP in the world’s most stringent safety assessments were the Renault Kangoo and the Vauxhall Mokka

The latest two cars to be tested by Euro NCAP in the world’s most stringent safety assessments were the Renault Kangoo and the Vauxhall Mokka.

The cars achieved strong results across all categories in impact and crash avoidance testing, resulting in solid four-star rankings for both.

Matthew Avery, Director of Research, Thatcham Research comments: “These are family friendly cars, so it is really positive to see that young passengers are well protected.

“We saw good scores across all critical body areas of the child crash test dummies seated in the rear of the Renault Kangoo. And the small, off-road Mokka also performed well, especially in terms of the protection offered to child occupants during the side barrier impact.”

In terms of crash avoidance technology, the Kangoo also comes with a good Autonomous Emergency Braking system, which successfully detected vulnerable road users and other vehicles.

However, both vehicles fell short of the maximum five-star rating, in part due to performance in lateral impact testing.

Avery continues, “The crash tests showed that the cars offered less protection than we have seen in other similar vehicles when impacted in “non struck side” testing, which measures dummy excursion and interaction. The restraint and airbag systems in both vehicles failed to prevent excursion, or the extent to which the adult dummy moves to the opposite side of the car in an impact. Similarly, interaction was an issue, with neither vehicle having a countermeasure in place to prevent occupant-to-occupant injuries.

“Most vehicles tested in 2021 do have centrally mounted airbags to contain occupants, which could have helped the Kangoo and Mokka towards stronger ratings. That being said, emerging from our latest and most rigorous testing with four stars is still a good result.”

See below for the full Euro NCAP press release, with comments from Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general:

Kangoo and Mokka Return with Four Stars in Euro NCAP Safety Tests

In the latest round of Euro NCAP tests, the new Renault Kangoo and Opel Mokka both earn four stars. The Mercedes-Benz GLA and electric Mercedes-EQ EQA are given ratings based on the 2019 five-star rating of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, from which the vehicles are largely derived. Finally, the Cupra Leon gets a 2020 five-star rating carried over from its twin, the SEAT Leon.

The long overdue, new edition of the Renault Kangoo MPV performed well in crash tests, but with only moderate side impact protection offered, its score just fell below that required for a top five-star rating. The latest Kangoo, however, comes with several active safety features, – including autonomous braking systems to prevent collisions with cars, pedestrians and cyclists – which all activated correctly in Euro NCAP’s crash avoidance tests.

The second-generation Opel Mokka marks the switch from the GM’s original Gamma II platform to the new Stellantis’ Common Modular Platform (CMP), also used for the latest Citroen C4 and ë-C4 rated last month. The Opel Mokka sits firmly in four-star territory. With no AEB for cyclist protection, and also lacking a centre airbag, the car fails to break the five-star threshold in any area of assessment, including that of child occupant protection.

Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, says, “Two four-star cars but coming at it from different directions. With the Kangoo, Renault has launched a respectable successor that performs well in general and lacks only a centre airbag as far as state-of-the-art protection is concerned. Stellantis seems to accept lower performance in general, and the new Mokka lacks some critical safety systems that have become increasingly commonplace by now. The latest edition clearly lacks the ambition of the previous Mokka that was a runner-up of 2012 Best in Class in the Small Family category.

Additional tests have been performed on the two Mercedes cars, the GLA and the EQA but some tests are carried over from the 2019 rating of the B-Class on which the cars are based. The EQA reflects a growing trend towards electrification and proves that the future can be green and safe.

The Cupra Leon, identical in almost all regards to the SEAT Leon, also gets a 2020 five-star rating. The PHEV variant of the VW Tiguan, the eHybrid, is added as a variant to that car’s 2016 five-star rating.

SOURCE: Thatcham Research

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