India-made Ford EcoSport fails to get a 5-star in Euro NCAP crash test

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Euro NCAP have just crash tested the Ford EcoSport (the EcoSport for Europe will be shipped from Ford India’s manufacturing plant in Chennai) and the results are out: The EcoSport was awarded 4/5 stars.

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We went through Euro NCAP’s report on the crash test to understand what contributed to the missing star, and the main reason seems to be the poor pedestrian protection offered by the mini SUV. The car scored a rather high 93% in adult occupant safety, 77% in child occupant safety, but only 58% for pedestrian safety.

The lack of a speed limitation device, and seatbelt reminder system for the rear seat passengers are other factors that resulted in the EcoSport not getting a perfect score.

Ford’s SYNC-based emergency assist system, which automatically dials emergency services in the event of an accident, had no mention in the report (this could be because Euro NCAP focusses on preventive crash features).

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The test car was equipped with ESC (Electronic Stability Control), and according to the report, it would be a standard feature. In India, Ford offers ESC only on the EcoSport 1.5 AT variant.

Ford India have gathered over 60,000 bookings for the EcoSport since its launch in June this year, with over 25,000 units having been delivered already.

Ford EcoSport Euro NCAP crash test data sheet

[Can’t see the data sheet here? Head to Slideshare]

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