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Jeep gets a crushing Euro NCAP score as Honda raises the bar
THE new Honda Civic has received a safety boost from Europe just as Australian sales are about to start.
But the same test program produced a dreadful result for the Jeep Compass.
In the middle of a saturation advertising campaign to attract new buyers to the traditionally macho marque, the Compass compact SUV reintroduced in January scored a way-belowaverage two stars.
‘‘ Many car makers have moved on and so have we,’’ says Euro NCAP secretarygeneral Michiel van Ratingen.
‘‘ Cars based on older technology, brushed up and marketed as new, are not providing the same levels of safety as the newest models developed against the new targets. Consumers interested in a fair comparison will not be fooled by these results.’’
Jeep spokeswoman Lenore Fletcher’s response: ‘‘ If that vehicle were tested at the Australian NCAP, we strongly believe — and our modelling indicates this — it would obtain four stars.’’
She says the Compass continues with the fundamentals of the model originally released in 2006 but maintains it has the full array of active and passive safety measures. She says the European model is 100kg heavier than the one sold here, which adversely affects its pedestrian safety score.
The new Civic, released this week, was among the models to achieve the maximum five-star rating from Euro NCAP despite recent changes that have lifted the bar for the European safety agency. The revisions mean that a five-star car has to managed an overall 80 per cent score, while also managing 80 per cent of the points for adult protection, 75 per cent in child protection, 60 per cent in pedestrian protection and 60 per cent in safety assist.
As van Ratingen says, ‘‘ A five-star rating these days means a lot more than a fivestar some years ago.’’.
He praises the Civic for high scores in all crash-test assessments, as well as Honda’s optional collision mitigation brake system, which is radar-based.