Euro NCAP has released the results of the crash test they conducted on the latest generation Nissan Micra and the new Mini Countryman.
With standard safety equipment, the new Mini Countryman scored five-stars and new generation Nissan Micra scored four-stars in the latest Euro NCAP crash test. The Micra with the additional safety package, however, was awarded a five-star rating.
The Mini Countryman was tested by Euro NCAP was awarded 91% for adult occupant safety and 80% for child occupant safety. NCAP stated that the passenger compartment of the Countryman remained stable in the frontal offset test. The data from the dummy readings also revealed that despite the lack of knee airbags, both the driver and front passenger had good protection of the knees and femurs. The same was observed for passengers of different sizes sat in different positions. In the full-width frontal impact, the driver had adequate protection, however, rear passengers had marginal chest protection. Though the results show that protection was at good levels. The Mini scored maximum points on side impact and severe side pole impact. Whiplash protection for both front and rear passengers was good.
The new Mini Countryman comes with a huge range of safety features as standard in addition to autonomous emergency braking system which works at low city speeds. The new Mini Countryman will be launched in India in the second half of 2017.
As a part of NCAP’s latest testing parameters, the standard version of the vehicle along with a version fitted with all safety equipment must be tested for authentic results. The latest generation Nissan Micra was tested for both versions of the car. The standard trim scored four-stars while a five-star rating was given to the variant equipped with the additional safety package.
The top spec Micra with the safety package scored 91% for adult occupant safety and 79% for child occupant safety. In the frontal offset test, the Micra fared similarly to the Mini as the passenger compartment remained stable. However, during the full-width frontal impact, the rear passenger’s pelvis slipped under the seatbelt and protection of the side body area was rated poorly. The new Micra scored maximum points in the side barrier test. In the side pole test, protection of the chest was adequate, and protection for other body areas were rated as good.
The variant not equipped with the safety package which scored four-stars scored exactly the same for adult and child occupant safety. However, it lost one star due to the fact that it received 68% for pedestrian safety and 49% for safety assist parameters.