Renault Kwid’s Dacia Spring EV is a Euro NCAP 1 star car
Posted on 09 Dec. 2021 10:57:00
Renault’s Zoe EV became the third car to achieve zero stars in Euro NCAP tests.
The Dacia Spring EV received a star in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests. The electric city car was among a number of models to be tested by the agency, which also included the Zoe EV from Dacia’s parent company, Renault, which received a zero star rating.
The Spring EV, Europe’s cheapest full-size electric car, received a one-star verdict on the grounds that “its performance in crash tests is downright problematic.” The electric city car is closely linked to the Chinese market Renault City K-ZE EV and combustion Renault Kwid – which earned an NCAP Global Safety Rating of One Star in 2016.
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Euro NCAP said testing showed “a high risk of fatal injuries to the driver’s chest and rear passenger’s head during frontal crash tests and marginal chest protection in a side impact.”
Dacia Spring EV: the rating explained
Despite being fitted with the Zoe’s head protection airbag, the Spring only scored 49% for adult occupant protection, while a risk to rear passengers resulted in a score of 56% for children.
The Spring offered poor protection to the driver’s chest and pelvis during the impact test of the front movable deformable barrier and poor head protection to the rear occupants during the full width barrier test. The far side impact test also showed poor occupant protection, while rear occupant neck protection was rated as poor in a rear impact.
For child occupants, Euro NCAP recorded marginal neck protection for the 10-year-old dummy and marginal head protection for the six-year-old dummy in the event of a staggered frontal impact. The car also lost points for not clearly marking the ISOFIX anchorages. The Spring also lacked “key active safety systems”.
“It’s anything but a safe family car, although it’s marketed as a good option for families,” Matthew Avery, Euro NCAP performance board member said. “Dacia maintains that drivers don’t need collision avoidance technology. It’s not fair, because no one wants to be in an accident; no one really wants to feel what it is like to be hit in the face. by an airbag, so active safety is just as important as passive safety.
He suggested that Spring’s shortcomings in the active safety segment (which includes the lack of advanced driver aids) are not necessarily offset by strong active safety performance. It has “very poor active and passive safety,” he said.
Commenting on the Spring Star rating, Dacia said: “[The] Spring is a new safe car in the A segment. It is homologated, meets European safety regulations and even goes beyond that. “Automatic emergency braking and access by firefighters are not compulsory in European regulations,” says Dacia.
The builder added: “[The] Spring offers a comprehensive list of safety devices that provide better protection than most cars on the roads of Europe today (including those in the upper segments). However, the contradiction remains between the lightness / small size of the car (which makes it more efficient and more accessible) and resistance in terms of crash; especially since the Euro NCAP protocols become more and more strict every two years, in particular for small city dwellers.
Renault Zoe: third vehicle to obtain zero Euro NCAP stars
The Renault Zoe, one of Europe’s most popular electric cars, received a zero star safety rating, becoming the third car in Euro NCAP history to achieve a zero star rating.
The Zoe previously held a five-star Euro NCAP rating, but was put through testing after a substantial facelift last year, which not only ushered in a bigger battery and extra power, but also – notes the safety organization. – a new seat mounted side airbag which protects only the thorax of the occupant, rather than the head and thorax as was the case previously.
The change represents “a degradation of occupant protection,” according to Euro NCAP, which reported that in the side impact test, the “driver’s head directly impacted the intruding pole and head injury values indicated poor. protection of that part of the body. “
The supermini’s performance in the frontal crash test was also ‘poor’, with Euro NCAP citing poor protection for the driver’s chest and children’s necks in the rear seats in particular.
The Zoe is also said to lack “usually standard-installed” active safety technologies, such as standard lane departure warning and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB). As a result, it scored just 14% in the Safety Assist category, around 61% lower than the 2021 average.
Overall, the Zoe achieved a 43% safety rating for adult occupants (the lowest in 11 years), a 52% rating for child occupants and a 41% rating for the passenger class. vulnerable road.
Avery, told our sister publication Autocar UK: “Every few years Euro NCAP raises the bar by introducing new tests that exploit new technology or remove the barrier to get manufacturers to do better. If everyone is five star, we have to lift the barrier. “
As a result of these changes, he explained, “When we first tested the Zoe it did pretty well and had all the stuff you needed back then to get it. a reasonable score. But if you still have the same design 10 years later, you’re not going to score as well.
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