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Three-star Euro NCAP rated Suzuki Jimny falls short on safety

Press Release   •   Sep 19, 2018 09:00 BST

The Suzuki Jimny in the pole crash test
  • Suzuki’s new off-road supermini disappoints, with low adult occupant protection and Safety Assist scores
  • VW Touareg and Audi A6 achieve five-star Euro NCAP ratings
  • Credible four-star rating for the updated Ford Tourneo Connect 

Safety testing results for four vehicles across a range of categories have been released by Euro NCAP today. The VW Touareg and Audi A6 both scored a maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating, while the Ford Tourneo Connect performed solidly, putting it at the top end of its category. However, the Suzuki Jimny's impact testing and crash avoidance results have disappointed safety experts.

Matthew Avery, director of research, Thatcham Research comments, “The Suzuki Jimny’s performance in testing betrays its ostensibly rugged exterior. As a completely new vehicle, it should offer far more protection to drivers in the event of an accident. Its safety technology did not perform optimally either. The youthful audience the Suzuki Jimny has been designed for deserve better in terms of passive and active safety.”

According to the Euro NCAP report, the Suzuki Jimny’s Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system “showed weak performance in tests of its pedestrian avoidance in daylight and does not operate in low light.” The Jimny was eventually given a three-star rating.

Cyclist Protection

The VW Touareg and Audi A6 showed strong performance in Euro NCAP’s new AEB cyclist tests, contributing to full five-star Euro NCAP ratings for both cars.

Avery continues, “Its pleasing to see carmakers like VW and Audi rise to the challenge presented by the new AEB cyclist tests, which were brought into the Euro NCAP programme at the start of the year."

Connect Four

Although it did not achieve a full five-star Euro NCAP rating, the Ford Tourneo Connect did attain a solid four-stars.

Avery comments, “Ford has given the Tourneo Connect more than a facelift, from a safety perspective at least. It’s pleasing to see a number of standard-fit driver aids, which all performed well in testing. This is especially important in larger vehicles as they present a greater potential threat to cyclists and pedestrians.”

Thatcham Research is the independent voice of automotive safety, security & repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs and to realise the vision of ‘Safer cars, fewer crashes’, while driving standards in vehicle security.

As well as its world leading crash and track research, Thatcham Research develops repair methods amongst a number of other products and services within the collision repair industry for insurers, motor manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

In addition, Thatcham Research has administered the Association of British Insurer’s (ABI) Group Rating system for the past 50 years. Group Rating is an advisory system intended to provide insurers with the relative risk of private cars and light commercial vehicles.

A founder member of the international Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham Research has also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.