During the safety agency’s latest batch of tests there were expected results and also a big surprise – the Volvo S90 and V90 twins got the maximum rating, but the pre-facelift Mustang utterly disappointed.
The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) only awarded two stars to the European version of the iconic muscle car. This is very surprising since the US-spec has five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program and an “acceptable” rating in the small overlap front test and a “good” rating overall from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The issue may lay with the fact that – oddly enough – the European version lacks some of the safety features of its US counterpart – Forward Collision Warning system, but also has no rear seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters.
The current European version also had problems in the frontal offset test, with the driver’s and passenger’s airbags not inflating properly and also with the side impact crash when the head of the 10-year dummy hit the “interior trim bottoming out the curtain airbag.” We’re now hoping Ford will take notice and bring the refreshed version to Europe quickly with the full compliment of safety equipment that now includes things such as Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keep Assist systems.