That for a surprise, that’s a hell of a surprise! In its latest series of crash tests, Euro NCAP awarded only 2 out of 5 stars to the superb Ford Mustang. A real cold shower! However, does this low score reflect real security vulnerabilities or a lack of technology?
No, the Ford Mustang is not fundamentally a dangerous car (but how you can use it…). Just with its airbags, programmed deformation and ABS, it is probably safer than 95% of the cars that were born in the 20th century, at least for the driver. Nevertheless, year after year, the Euro NCAP criteria are increasingly demanding. It has become very difficult for a car to get the famous 5 stars. Worse still, the absence of an electronic gadget such as the seat belt reminder is de facto eliminatory for the 5th star! Basically, is that reason enough to say that it is a worse car than the one with the famous witness? There is a debate….
The little light that makes you wear your seat belt, the Mustang has it. So is an active safety hood, but that’s about it in terms of safety equipment. As there is no Lane Assist system, pedestrian detection and rear seats are particularly poorly protected during impacts (especially at the neck), the score in this area is only 16%. Child protection does only slightly better with 32% success. Let’s defend the Mustang by reminding you that it’s not a family car but a 2+2 coupe with rear seats that should be useful at best. Pedestrian protection and driver safety scores are more acceptable (respectively 64 and 72%), but are well affected by the lack of active and passive driving aids and safety. So no, the Mustang is not a dangerous car. It is simply a rather selfish car that suffers from a few safety deficiencies.
There’s still a little pettiness in the Mustang’s crash-test. The European organization concedes that the models tested were those for sale in 2015. The Institute notes that Ford has ensured that the vehicles to be delivered in 2017 will fill many of the gaps highlighted such as Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, emergency brake warning and autonomous emergency braking in addition to lane support. Should the technological contribution in security remain the most important criterion in the evaluation of Euro NCAP?