The new Alfa Romeo MiTo is one of the most “safe” cars in its segment. Today the Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo announced that Alfa MiTo notched up a score of 36 points out of a maximum 37 in the Euro NCAP adult safety ratings, and a judgement of “Good” – with a score of 3.35 (finishing top of its segment and second overall) in the new tests that Euro NCAP has introduced to assess the ability of the front seats to prevent whiplash.- an overall of five stars at the Euro NCAP crash safety test.
Thousands of hours of virtual simulations have made it possible to develop the car, without the aid of prototypes, in just 16 months. The results of this intensive virtual design were then put to the test physically, with 200 tests on components and subsystems, more than 100 impact simulations on a Hyge slide, and more than 80 crash tests (frontal impact, side impact, roll-over and rear impact, taking into account the various speeds at which impacts may occur, the different types of obstacle, and the need to protect occupants with very different physical characteristics).
Protection is underwritten by the provision of seven airbags as standard (two of which are Multistage); three-point seatbelts with double pre-tensioners and load limiters; and SAHR (Self Aligning Head Restraint), a new second-generation system built into the backrests of the front seats that moves the head restraint closer to the occupants’ heads in the event of an impact to lessen the effects of whiplash. Also worthy of mention is the contribution to occupant protection made by the MiTo’s bodyshell, the bonnet, doors, and the dashboard cross member, in addition to the seats and steering column, all of which have been designed with a particular view to their behaviour in the event of an accident. Finally, standard equipment LED tail-lights offer increased brightness than conventional bulbs, for greater safety.