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Euro NCAP tests Business and Family vans

Euro NCAP has crash tested some of Europe’s best-selling business and family vans, making public the safety test results. Among these, only one has achieved five-star safety, the others having poor results. The vans that participated in this Euro NCAP safety tests were: Ford Transit Custom, Hyundai H-1, Fiat Scudo (Peugeot Expert, Citroen Jumpy), Renault Trafic (Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro, Nissan Primastar).

Euro NCAP tests Business and Family vans

2012 Euro NCAP Results – Business and Family vans

The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tested six models designed for business and family. Renault Trafic obtained the poorest results – whit only two stars won, while Ford Transit Custom was the only vehicle to score five stars. The other four models involved in this safety test obtained three stars: Hyundai H-1, Fiat Scudo, Peugeot Expert, Citroen Jumpy.

Renault Trafic – 2 Stars

Renault Trafic - 2012 Euro NCAP

Renault Trafic – 2012 Euro NCAP

Passengers behavior remained stable in the frontal impact and both crash dummies showed similar levels of protection, although the front right passenger didn’t have airbag. The knees and femurs of the two passengers were well protected but different dashboard structures could pose a risk to occupants of different sizes and occupants who sit in different positions.

The rear impact protection was noted as being weak. However, Renault Trafic obtained maximum points at the side barrier impact. Because Renault Trafic has no head protection device, Euro NCAP did not performed any impact pole test.

Pedestrian protection is weak in all areas of the rear bumper and the bonnet couldn’t be evaluated because of its height.

Regarding the protection of children, the French model received maximum points for protection, but the labeling information concerning the dashboard airbag indicator was unclear which led to the elimination of the points scored for this system.

Renault Traffic has ESP as standard, so no tests were performed on Safety Assist. There is a speed limit system, but it doesn’t comply with Euro NCAP in terms of assembly.

Fiat Scudo / Peugeot Expert / Citroen Jumpy – 3 Stars

Fiat Scudo / Peugeot Expert / Citroen Jumpy - 2012 Euro NCAP

Fiat Scudo / Peugeot Expert / Citroen Jumpy – 2012 Euro NCAP

The partnership between Citroen, Peugeot and Fiat has resulted in the development of three models with a common platform: Jumpy, Expert and Scudo. All three have won three stars on the Euro NCAP safety tests.

The passenger compartment remained stable during a frontal impact. Although the tested car had only two passenger seats, the front airbag was big enough to also protect the third passenger located the two-seat optional bench. Excluding a portion just in front of the right passenger’s foot, the dashboard offers a good level of protection, the crash dummies showed a good level of protection of knees and femurs.

On the barrier impact, protection of the thoracic cavity was considered appropriate, while the protection of other body parts was good. In case of a rear impact the protection was weak. The children protection has obtain a maximum score, but Euro NCAP considers that the driver isn’t receiving sufficient information on the activation status of the airbag on the right.

Although ESP is available as an option, it didn’t met the Euro NCAP standards regarding the number of vehicles on which it is installed, so it hasn’t been evaluated. But the seat belt warning system and the speed limit system is standard on more than half of the vehicles sold and comply with Euro NCAP technical specifications.

Hyundai H-1 – 3 Stars

Hyundai H-1 - 2012 Euro NCAP

Hyundai H-1 – 2012 Euro NCAP

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact and the crash dummies showed a good level of protection for the knees and femurs of the front passengers. However, certain dashboard structures pose a risk to occupants of different sizes and to those who sit in different positions. Thoracic cavity protection at a side impact was good, while other areas exhibit adequate protection.

The model hasn’t been tested against a pole impact as Hyundai H-1 doesn’t have side airbags. In the event of a rear impact, the protection offered by Hyundai H-1 is weak.

The children protection received the maximum score, and the dashboard inscriptions regarding the airbags are clear. The right front passenger’s airbag can’t be switched off, which means that child seat can’t be fitted in the front seat. The front bumper of Hyundai H-1 achieved the maximum score for pedestrian leg protection, while pedestrian head protection is weak.

Regarding the Safety Assist, Hyundai H-1 has ESP as standard, but it hasn’t a warning system for seat belts and can’t be ordered with a speed limit system, hence the score of 43% obtained at this chapter.

Ford Transit Custom – 5 Stars

Ford Transit Custom - 2012 Euro NCAP

Ford Transit Custom – 2012 Euro NCAP

Ford Transit Custom is the highest rated model that participated in this on safety tests session. In general, the model performed well, but Euro NCAP had a few complaints. More specifically, certain areas of the dashboard could present a risk to some occupants, but only for certain positions and heights of passengers.

At the side barrier impact, protection was good for all regions, while at the more severe pole impact the thoracic and abdominal cavity protection was adequate, the same as in the case of head and hips. In the event of a rear impact, the model provides a marginal level of protection.

Children protection received the maximum score, and the interior labeling for airbags is clear and accurate. Pedestrian protection is good at the bumper level regarding the legs, while protection for their heads is poor or marginal in some areas, whilst in other areas is good.

Ford Transit Custom has ESP as standard, like the seat belts warning. The speed limit system is not standard, but is offered on more than 50% of models sold, so it scored at the Safety Assist category.

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Euro NCAP Business and Family vans results via Euro NCAP

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