Five Stars In NCAP Testing For VW Tiguan And Alfa Romeo Guilia
By Maddy Price
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 16:49
Both Alfa Romeo And Volkswagen have been tested and given a top class Euro NCAP rating. Both vehicles were put through their paces and achieved outstanding results.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating with a score of 98% for the adult occupant protection of all percentiles: the highest score ever achieved by any car, even with the introduction of a more stringent rating system in 2015.
Alfa Romeo’s new sports saloon has achieved this outstanding result on the basis of two key elements: firstly, the adoption of a wide range of innovative safety systems, and secondly, the structural integrity of its light and rigid bodyshell which makes extensive use of robust, lightweight materials such as carbon-fibre, aluminium and aluminium composite.
In keeping with Alfa Romeo tradition, the Giulia features a host of technical innovations which benefit both the driving experience and vehicles safety, the most significant being the Integrated Brake System (IBS), which significantly reduces braking distance (62mph to a standstill in 38m for the Giulia and just 32m for the Quadrifoglio version).
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) with pedestrian detection are also part of the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s safety arsenal. Using a radar sensor and a camera built into the windscreen, these systems detect the presence of any obstacles or vehicles on the car’s trajectory and warn the driver of the risk of imminent collision. If the driver fails to react in time, the system automatically applies the brakes to avoid an impact or reduce its severity. Thanks to the pedestrian recognition function, the AEB is also capable of stopping the car autonomously at speeds of up to 60 km/h, by interpreting the information from the radar and camera.
Standard equipment across the Giulia range also includes Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Monitoring (with Rear Cross Path Detection available as an option), which uses sensors to monitor the area around the car and assist the driver when overtaking, changing lane or exiting car parks by monitoring any cars that may be approaching.
The new Tiguan also performed well in the NCAP safety testing and was awarded a top rating of 5 stars making it one of Europe’s safest new cars.
The overall safety rating of five stars is aggregated from the new Tiguan’s results in four sub-sections: occupant protection for adults and children; pedestrian protection; and driver assistance systems. The new Tiguan passed the comprehensive Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) test series with outstanding results – not least thanks to its first-class package of safety features, including optimised vehicle body structure, a highly effective safety belt, seat and airbag combination and innovative driver assistance systems.
Since 1997, Euro NCAP has been regarded as one of the most important benchmarks for vehicle safety in Europe. This year, the conditions for the test were made even tougher. In the extensive testing of occupant safety for adults the new Tiguan achieved an outstanding 96 per cent of the maximum rating. In this process it was put through the following safety tests:
- Frontal crash into an aluminium barrier at 64km/h and 40 per cent overlap
- Frontal crash at 50 km/h into a rigid barrier with 100% overlap
- Side impact at 50 km/h into the vehicle side structure
- Side pole impact at 32 km/h
- Protection against whiplash in the event of arear-end collision
- Automatic emergency braking to avoid collisions with vehicles or pedestrians
An excellent result – 84 per cent of the possible points total – was also achieved by the new Tiguan for child safety. This year, new child crash test dummies were being used in the assessment for the first time. Thanks to the standard ISOFIX and Top Tether child seat anchors and safety belt tensioners on the second row of seats, children are very well protected in the event of any frontal or side impact.
In the pedestrian protection category the Tiguan scored a total rating of 72 per cent. Design details on the Tiguan that reduce the risk of injury to passers-by were, in particular, positively rated. These include the ‘active bonnet’, which in the event of a collision is designed to help reduce dangerous head injuries. The popular SUV is also equipped with an emergency braking system and – as a first in the Tiguan – with a pedestrian detection function.
In the area of safety assistance the Tiguan was able to impress, and score 69 per cent of the possible points, with its standard ESC, seatbelt fastening reminder function in the back, Front Assist emergency braking system and the Lane Assist function that helps drivers to stay in lane.