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Dacia Sandero, Jogger, Spring: why did they fail the Euro NCAP crash test?

The Dacia Spring, Jogger and Sandero Stepway obtained rather disappointing marks during the last Euro NCAP crash-test sessions: we explain why.

For 25 years, the European body Euro NCAP Rigorously assesses vehicle safety with a series of safety and crash tests. If the 5-star rating is the Holy Grail for all manufacturers, it has become increasingly difficult to obtain in recent years, due to revised and now much stricter rating criteria.

One of the bad students for Euro NCAP is the Romanian manufacturer Dacia : indeed, the brand new Jogger only got a 1 star ratingas well as the 100% electric Spring, while the Dacia Logan and Sandero Stepway only obtained 2 stars.

Dacia crash test: not that bad?

And yet, when we dwell on the reports of Euro NCAP crash tests, we can for example see on the file of the Dacia Sandero Stepway a score of 70% in adult protectionet 72% in child protection, which remains in absolute terms rather correct. But why is Dacia doing so badly?

In reality, the brand’s models do not offer all the latest driver assistance systemswhich are part of the Euro NCAP criteria for achieving the maximum score. A choice made by Daciawhich has reduced the equipment of its models to what is strictly necessary, in order to be able to offer tight prices.

Dacia crash test: shortcomings in driving aids

The Romanian manufacturer specifies, through its Managing Director Denis Le Vot, that it attaches great importance to passive safety, because occupant safety is essential to him. On the other hand, with regard to active safety, i.e. the technologies making it possible to prevent accidents, trade-offs had to be made so as not to increase the bill and to be able to offer vehicles to unbeatable price.

Dacia models have in fact, as standard, essential equipment to ensure the safety of its vehicles, such as ABS, front and side airbags, emergency braking assistance and even a braking system. self-contained emergency. The problem is that the latter is not equipped with an expensive additional camera, capable of detecting pedestrians and cyclists: and this is what cost Dacia points, just like the absence of a system assistance in keeping in line, or the monitoring of the vigilance of the driver. “Gadgets” not always sought after by customers in practice, and which tend to become invasive with use.

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Dacia crash test: increasingly severe tests

A few years ago, the absence of this technological equipment was not sanctioned: Euro NCAP recently made its rating criteria much more severe, and now withdraws precious stars if certain driver assistance systems are missing. This is how many manufacturers have seen the rating of their most recent models drop.

For example, at Peugeot, the latest 208, 308 and 2008 only obtained a 4 star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests, and on the 2008, you have to add an optional Security pack to it to go to the famous 5 stars. . Be that as it may, these shortcomings did not prevent them from selling like hot cakes… Just like the Dacia models!

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