The Hyundai Tucson has scored the maximum five stars in the latest Euro NCAP crash test results while the Mazda MX-5 has missed out on the top score.
The Mazda MX-5 was marked down for its amount of crash avoidance technology. The testers noted the absence of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) to help avoid or mitigate crashes around town, pointing out that similarly priced cars in other segments offer this at least as an option.
Euro NCAP did say that the MX-5 performed well in the crash test element of the assessment, though, with the pedestrian protection coming in for particular praise thanks to the standard-fit deployable bonnet. This helped it to a notably high 93% in this section of the test.
The Tucson scored well across the board, though, with scores of 86% and 85% in the Adult and Child Occupant categories, and 71% in both the Pedestrian and Safety Assist sectors. The testers said that the Tucson represented a notable improvement over the previous generation, and the car managed the top score despite only offering AEB as an option.
The third car to be tested was the Vauxhall Viva (although it was tested as the European version, known as the Opel Karl) which managed a four-star rating. It managed a four-star score, which the testers described as a commendable one for a car in this sector. However, it was pointed out that there were a few points of concern.
In the front-impact test, the dummy’s head bottomed out on the airbag, while the chest protection in the side-pole test was described as being poor. Chest protection for the rear female dummy was also poor in a side-impact test while the driver slipped under the seatbelt in one test. Testers said that better restraint systems would bump the score higher.
All car crash test results are available on the Euro NCAP website.