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The new Peugeot 308 obtains 4 stars in Euro NCAP crash tests

The new generation of the Peugeot 308 has passed the usual Euro NCAP crash tests and has been awarded 4 stars.

The European Car Safety Assessment Body Euro NCAP submitted the Peugeot 308 of third generation to its very demanding tests of crash test : the new French compact sedan has just obtained the rating of four stars.

In detail, the Peugeot 308 obtained a score of 76% in adult protection, 84% in child protection, 68% for vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists), not to mention 65% for safety systems. driving assistance.

Crash tests Peugeot 308: correct but perfectible results

Overall, the new 308 obtained an average of 73% of the points possible, a fairly decent result considering the severity of Euro NCAP’s new crash test protocols. The new Peugeot 308 and its German cousin Opel Corsa have both been tested by Euro NCAP, and show similar results and an overall score of 4 stars.

Crash tests revealed a “marginal” level of protection against driver chest injury, but the level of protection is similar for occupants of different sizes, and for those seated in different positions. Thus, no difference in protection was found between men and women of short stature.

Crash tests Peugeot 308: increasingly severe assessments

In addition, the Peugeot 308 is not fitted with a central airbag, which can cause injuries between occupants of the same row, thrown to one side of the car during a side impact. The absence of this new safety equipment, which appeared recently, is now severely sanctioned by Euro NCAP.

On the other hand, tests on the seats and their head restraints have shown good protection against the famous “whiplash”. Protection against vulnerable road users revealed some weaknesses: while the front bumper and bonnet offer good protection for pedestrians, some other areas offer poor protection, such as the base of the windscreen.

Crash tests Peugeot 308: safety equipment put to the test

Of course, the Peugeot 308 offers many collision prevention and avoidance technologies, such as an automatic emergency braking system that detects pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles alike. However, some of the latest advanced security systems on the market are missing:

“Overall we see good crash protection scores, which of course is reassuring. But collision avoidance is as important as collision protection, and the benefits of simply not being involved in a collision are, of course, infinitely greater. We will therefore continue to focus on all areas of safety in the years to come, and some manufacturers will have to continue to improve their efforts in this area, if they do not want to be left behind by the competition.said Michiel van Ratingen, General Secretary of Euro NCAP.

Source : Euro NCAP

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