Back in January, the 2017 Mustang as tested by the European New Car Assessment Program in its Euro-spec version depressed everyone with its shameful two-star crashworthiness rating.
Now the organization has decided to reevaluate the new and improved, facelifted 2018 model year pony car and opted to award it another star – three out of five, still nothing to write home about – thanks to the introduction of previously unavailable safety technology. For Europe, the 2018 Mustang now coms with standard automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assistance, systems that are only optional in the United States. Ford has also decided to use redesigned front airbags – “the automatic airbag deactivation now meets Euro NCAP’s requirements,” said the agency.
The safety organization also reports that while the design of the car has been subject to change, in reality the structure for safety purposes is identical to the previous version – so they opted not to crash the car again, just to amend the rating based on the results from the 2017 vehicle (pictured). “While a three-star rating is unexceptional, the updates Ford have introduced have not only made Mustang’s safety better in key areas but also show that the company cares about its customers and safety reputation,” commented Euro NCAP Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen.