New Nissan Qashqai: Euro NCAP Scores
The Nissan Qashqai has claimed Euro NCAP's five star rating proving it is one of the safest cars on the market. The rating incorporates scores from four areas: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist. Assessors noted that in the Adult Occupant Category - for which this crossover class car claimed eighty-eight percent - the passenger compartment “remained stable in the frontal impact” test and offered “good protection” to the knees and femurs of both driver and passengers. Furthermore, they were satisfied that it provides “a similar level of protection” to occupants of “different sizes” and “sat in different positions”. The Qashqai also took eighty-three percent in the Child Occupant Category. Within this it received “maximum points” for the protection of one and a half year old infants. Furthermore, forward movement of the head of a dummy that represented a three year old was “not excessive”. And that brings us to the Pedestrian Category for which this family car claimed sixty-nine percent. Credits include the front bumper that “scored maximum points for the protection provided to pedestrians' legs.” Bonnet performance was “predominantly good”. Finally, it took seventy-nine percent for Safety Assist as the stability program proved effective and there is a seatbelt reminder function throughout.
How Euro NCAP Tests Vehicles
Euro NCAP has a wide range of comprehensive tests to access a vehicle. These include the frontal impact that requires the subject to strike an immovable block – that has a deformable aluminium honeycomb face - at forty miles per-hour. The block is offset to ensure it is only struck by forty percent of the vehicle's front. Equally important is the car to car side impact test that propels a mobile barrier into the subject at thirty miles per-hour. This complements the pole test that simulates striking a tree/post. The pole is narrow to encourage penetration into the cabin and hits at eighteen miles per-hour. Furthermore, the autonomous emergency braking test assesses how effectively a car brakes – without input from the driver – to prevent a collision or mitigate its severity. Euro NCAP divides systems into two categories: low speed/city and high speed/inter-urban. There is also the whiplash test that considers how the seats mitigate injuries. Seats, after all, have a significant impact on safety. Furthermore, the electronic stability program is tested by forcing the car to change direction sharply at speed. The accessors then record how it reacts to steering movements and its subsequent stability.