the punto was one of the best performing crash test cars when it was released. now its old desighn has been left behind
- AtecaOwner
So will the Punto suffer the same as the Rover 100 did? Sales collapse (when did you see an example under 1 year old) to the point where the car is withdrawn from sale?
- Dovile
interesting to note ncap choosing to retest and score mainly ford and fca group cars..... and no 'older' vw group fare (think: skoda rapid, seat alhambra/vw sharan).

also, a-segment cars opel karl/vauxhall viva (first tested 2015) and toyota aygo (first tested 2014), instead of vw up/seat mii/skoda citigo (tested 2011)...... which are nearly 7 years old now, and still advertise as 5-star rated, despite most models still not coming with things like auto-brake system as standard fitment (which judging by the two separate scores given for toyota aygo, is what ncap seems to want push for now).

the decision to add further emphasis/weight to things like warning chimes and other such electronic tat over actual post-crash structural integrity is lost on me. i recall previous generation renault megane being tested in 2014, scoring 3 stars, and then having the score amended by a extra star added soon afterwards because of a seatbelt reminder system modification. so, suddenly it's 33% safer because presence of a new noise and/or light. what a joke.
Revealed: The first ever Euro NCAP-rated zero star car - WilliamRead

Well said; ths NCAP rating is gradually losing its validity, as it is moving away from proper physical protection to assessing the number of gadgets. The fact that a car does or does not have a seat belt warning light has no effect on its inherent safety; it is up to the driveer and passenger whether or not to wer them.

Edited by WilliamRead on 16/12/2017 at 17:11

- Maltozo
Agree with the last two posts; NCAP tests are becoming a bit of a joke. Its the crash tests that really matter, that are ultimately relevant, that most people understand them to be, not all this 'smoke and mirrors' nonsense. Get a grip NCAP.
- gordonbennet
I'll add a 4th to the above posters, all the lane assist and emergency braking toys flashing lights and warning chimes won't make a scrap of difference when a large heavy vehicle piles into the front, or rear, of the car in question.
So, it's less safe than a 1997 metro ? - which got one star

Or - could the parameters of the test have changed significantly, but the results (stars) appear the same

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