As you might expect, FOXY keeps an eye on the latest car safety features and reliability ratings.
In fact, Club research confirms that these two topics are at the top of most female car shoppers shortlist alongside affordability and environmental factors.
But these all figure a long way ahead of performance ratings (why would we need to know top speeds when we can’t drive that fast?) assuming there’s enough engine oomph to get us out of trouble, where needed.
So we’re fairly au fait with the likes of Euro NCAP ratings and delighted to see new safety control features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) increasingly becoming standards.
We read what Thatcham Research has to say about car safety in particular because they are the independent automotive research centre and the voice of Euro NCAP in the UK. And they tell us that there are safer sports car choices than the current Ford Mustang.
“We have not given a Two Star Euro NCAP rating to any of the top 10 car brands since 2008”, confirms Matthew Avery, Director of Research at Thatcham Research.
“We have concerns about the Ford Mustang’s crash protection of adults and children which also makes it unsuitable for having rear passengers. On top of this, it does not have basic life-saving technology like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) that is available even on the Ford Fiesta, and the recently launched Ford Edge.
“Ford has made a deliberate choice here. Only minor updates have been made to meet required European (pedestrian) safety regulations which has resulted in poor adult and child protection scores and the high tech radar collision warning system that is available to US consumers is not being made available here in the UK.”Avoid the 2 star Ford Mustang
A 2 star rating provides nominal crash protection but lacking crash avoidance technology. So you can expect Ford to put this area right for the UK market as soon as possible.
As things stand, the reasons for the poor 2 star Euro NCAP rating include
1. The frontal offset test – where the airbags of both the driver and passenger inflated insufficiently to properly restrain the occupants.
2. The full-width frontal test – where a lack of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters meant that the rear passenger slid under the seatbelt, implying higher risk of abdominal injuries in real life accidents.
3. The side impact crash – where the head of the 10-year dummy contacted the interior trim, bottoming out the curtain airbag.Wait for the new Ford Mustang later this year
Best to wait to buy the next version of the Mustang because Ford says that a face-lifted Mustang will be available within Europe later this year with Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keep Assist as standard.
At that stage Euro NCAP will test the safety of this updated model and keep us posted.
NB: Other sports roadster cars better rated by Euro NCAP over the past few years include the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Mazda MX-5.Five star Volvo is the ultimate automotive safety brand
In contrast, the Volvo S90 and V90 received Five Star Euro NCAP ratings recently as a result of their class leading safety features. Both follow the safety performance trend of the XC90, with excellent occupant protection, a full suite of AEB functionality that includes pedestrian and cyclist crash prevention technology as well as its unique system that is capable of identifying large animals in the car’s path.
The S90 and V90 results surpass the best overall score of any model tested in 2016 and Euro NCAP’s top-3 best performing cars ever are all now Volvos.
I’d certainly have expected Ford to retain these safety tips from Volvo during their business partnership but clearly US standards are at variance to European ones. Let’s hope the UK retains Euro NCAP standards here, post Brexit.
When we buy an expensive new car we expect it to be safe and reliable as a minimum. Which begs the question why any motorist would buy any car if they realised it was significantly less safe (or less reliable) than other brand new models?
How do motorists sleep at night when their buying decision ignores safety concerns that COULD ultimately affect their family members, other motorists and pedestrians?
As you can see, some car brands, such as Volvo, fare better than most others in terms of car safety.
Which is why we’re delighted to have an affinity scheme in place for Club members with Volvo, so they can benefit from truly advantageous discounts to bring their fabulous brand new (safe, stylish and innovative) car models into the affordable reach of more women drivers than ever before.
Terms and conditions apply, as explained in the detail of our affinity car buying schemes at the Club website.