European crash-testing authority Euro NCAP has released its latest round of safety ratings for a slew of new models, including the BMW 1 Series, Jeep Cherokee and Peugeot 208.
The third-generation 1 Series's switch to a front-wheel drive architecture didn't affect its ability to maintain a five-star rating against the latest criteria, managing 83 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 87 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, 76 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection, and 72 per cent for Safety Assist.
Some issues were raised, however. The adult occupant score was compromised due to only 'Marginal' whiplash protection for front-seat passengers in a rear impact, meaning the full marks the 1 Series got for its 'AEB City' performance were not included in that area of assessment.
"I’m sure that BMW’s customers can be confident that the company will continue to strive for the highest standards of safety, even as our protocols get tougher and tougher," said Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general.
The all-new Peugeot 208 narrowly missed out on a full five-star rating, due to its vulnerable road user score of 56 per cent, dropping it to four stars.
Here's an excerpt from Euro NCAP's detailed report:
The protection provided by the bonnet was predominantly good or adequate over its surface but poor results were recorded along the base of the windscreen and on the stiff windscreen pillars.The bumper offered good protection to pedestrians' legs but protection of the pelvis was mixed, with good and poor results recorded.The AEB system of the 208 can detect pedestrians, as well as other vehicles. In tests, the system performed adequately. The standard system is camera-based and cannot respond to faster-moving vulnerable road users like cyclists.A radar-based system is available as an option which offers enhanced AEB performance and functionality, but was not assessed here.
Despite the disappointing score in that assessment category, the Peugeot scored 91 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection and 86 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, along with 71 per cent for Safety Assist.
Finally, the facelifted Jeep Cherokee "sits squarely in four-star territory", according to Euro NCAP.
The Jeep managed 80 per cent for adults, 78 per cent for children, 56 per cent for vulnerable road users, and 69 per cent for safety assist.
Euro NCAP described the American SUV's performance as: "good but unexceptional performance across the board, but a huge improvement over its larger stablemate, the Wrangler, tested last year.
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