Top crash scores for the Renault Espace and Suzuki Vitara, whilst the Mazda 2 and Fiat 500X fell short

April 28, 2015

The 2015 models of the Renault Espace and Suzuki Vitara have achieved maximum five star Euro NCAP crash safety ratings whereas the Fiat 500X and Mazda2 fell short and scored four stars.

Euro NCAP have revealed the crash safety ratings for the latest batch of cars where the Suzuki Vitara and Renault Espace securely achieved a full five star crash safety rating whereas the Mazda2, Fiat 500X and Audi TT scored four stars.

Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki Vitara - Five Star Euro NCAP crash safety ratings

Suzuki have reason to celebrate as the Vitara was awarded with high scores in all four areas of assessment – adult & child occupant protection, pedestrian and safety assist.

The car scored the highest at 89% for adult occupant protection, whilst the lowest was 75% in safety assist. It is still above the five star minimum safety requirements of 70% for that area.

The new Vitara benefits from passive and active safety systems that are designed to protect against dangerous situations with an excellent level of protection says Vitara. The Vitara is available in the UK now with an option of two and four wheel drive.

Renault Espace

Renault Escape -Five Star Euro NCAP crash safety ratings

Please note, before we start – it’s worth mentioning that Renault’s “Espace” scored five stars but Renault have no intention of offering it in the UK.

 The all-new Renault Espace is a multi-purpose vehicle(MPV) which has also achieved high marks in all four categories. The car was awarded 89% safety ratings for child occupant protection, with the lowest score being 70% for pedestrian safety.

The Euro NCAP have commented that the bumper of the car provides good protection for pedestrian legs and had good scores for the pelvis areas as well. The bonnet surface showed adequate protection for the head of a struck pedestrian in most areas however the poor results are due to the stiff windscreen pillars.

Fiat 500X 

Fiat 500X -Four Star Euro NCAP crash safety ratings

The Fiat 500X achieved four star crash safety ratings out of five. The car achieved maximum points in adult and child occupant protection whilst the lowest score was due to the safety assist. The car did not have a lane departure warning system available as a standard equipment. It is now expected to be fitted to most cars sold and the feature was included in assessment.


Mazda2 - Four Star Euro NCAP crash safety ratings

The Mazda2 is being called a “sporty supermini designed for fun driving.” The Mazda2 achieved good scores apart from when tested in the safety assist area.

The Mazda 2 meets the minimum score criteria for adult/child occupant and pedestrian safety. If the car had scored 70% instead of 64% then it would have had five stars.

Area of assessment Mazda2 Score Minimum score required for Five star Euro NCAP rating
Adult Occupant 86% 80%
Child Occupant 78% 75%
Pedestrian 84% 65%
Safety Assist 64% 70%

Latest Euro NCAP ratings:

Vehicle Total Star Ratings Adult Occupant Child Occupant Pedestrian Safety Assist
2015 Suzuki Vitara 5 89% 85% 76% 75%
2015 Renault Espace 5 82% 89% 70% 80%
2015 Fiat 500X 4 86% 85% 74% 64%
2015 Mazda2 4 86% 78% 84% 64%
2015 Audi TT 4 81% 68% 82% 64%
2015 Renault Traffic 3 52% 91% 53% 57%
2015 Vauxhall Vivaro 3 52% 91% 53% 57%

Separate from the latest results, the 2015 Audi TT scored a five star crash safety rating earlier in the year. Whilst in the Business and family Van category; the Renault Traffic and Vivaro received three star safety ratings.