Jaguar F-Pace SUV Secures Five-Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating

Fiat Punto Euro NCAP safety rating 2017

When Punto was launched 12 years ago, it was the first 5-star Euro NCAP auto, in its class. However, Euro NCAP frequently raises the bar in its testing regime - and the Punto's adult occupant protection score of 51% is more than 30% below the average for the Superminis tested in 2017.

Asked what he thought Fiat should do, Avery said the company should "go back to the drawing board" with the Punto.

"In November, the DS 7 Crossback achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating - and came with standard-fit AEB and Lane Departure Warnings".

The Jaguar Land Rover F-Pace, Kia Stinger, Toyota Yaris, fourth generation BMW 6 Series and Hyundai KONA all achieved five-star Euro NCAP ratings. The combination of active and passive safety measures helped deliver an overall Euro NCAP rating of 85 per cent. The aging supermini is outclassed by every auto tested in recent history and becomes Euro NCAP's first vehicle ever to be awarded zero stars. It was a zero per cent rating in the "Safety Assist" category that sealed its fate as a zero star auto - other than a seatbelt reminder, it doesn't have much in the way of the preventative tech we've become accustomed to in modern cars. Those who do not keep their cars up to the latest standards get left behind and are at increased risk, as these results clearly show.

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The relaunched Punto supermini is the first vehicle to score zero stars since NCAP testing began 20 years ago.

Despite a two-star performance in adult and child protection, along with pedestrian protection, the Punto achieved zero points in the areas of driver assistance and crash avoidance - with the only technology fitted as standard being a seatbelt reminder for the driver. However, the driver assistance and crash avoidance were the areas the auto lost it all.

Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP's general secretary, said: "This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting vehicle buyer. We would urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017". The SUV has received more than 70 global awards, including the 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year titles.

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