Opel Astra and Peugeot 308 leave a Euro NCAP star, what has gone wrong?

The new Opel Astra and Peugeot 308, two models cousins, have passed through the Euro NCAP facilities to undergo their safety tests with the aim, like everyone else, of achieving the coveted five stars. However, despite the technological load of both models, they have not been able to get the five stars, leaving one on the way. What has failed?

In the last batch of evaluations, Euro NCAP has tested two models called to be best sellers in Europe. We are talking about the Opel Astra and the Peugeot 308, two models based on the Stellantis EMP2 platform that share a good part of their technology. This also obviously includes the main elements related to safety, which is why they have obtained very similar scores in the four evaluable sections (adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian and cyclist protection, and safety systems).

Perhaps one would expect that two models of such magnitude would obtain the highest scores, but this has not been the case. In fact, although they are far from having bad results, are among the lowest ratings of this 2022 in some sections. The qualifications also apply to its plug-in hybrid variants.

Vauxhall Astra.

The Opel Astra gets a 80% adult occupant protection score. The German model showed “good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and the passenger” and good protection also against whiplash injuries in the event of a crash. rear impact (3.7 points out of 4 possible).

However, get a “Low” protection for the chest of driver and co-driver before a frontal impact, with adequate or good protection for the rest of the body. The lack of a knee airbag prevents us from scoring even better here.

He also rated the protection of the driver’s chest and pelvis against a side impact as “Good”, both with a fixed side barrier and a mobile barrier. The car got full marks in this part. However, the lack of central airbag makes him not score in the section of contact between the heads of the front occupants, leaving some very valuable points.

Opel Astra in partial overlap frontal impact test.

It is surprising to see that the peugeot 308 stays in a 76% in adult occupant protectionthe lowest rating among the cars evaluated by Euro NCAP so far in 2022. This is mainly due to a worse result in the frontal impact tests, since it achieves “Poor” protection for the driver’s torso according to the criterion of EuroNCAP.

The Peugeot 308 gets better marks in the child occupant protection, with an 84% score (compared to 82% for the Astra). The French model achieves a better score for children aged 6 and 10 in the impact tests evaluated.

Notable differences in the protection of pedestrians and cyclists

Although both models achieve a similar total score in pedestrian and cyclist protection (67 and 68%), there are curiously important differences. Neither of them has an active hood, but the Opel Astra offers much better protection for pedestrians in the event of a collision because it is less damaging to the pedestrian’s head than the Peugeot.

Peugeot 308 in the side impact test against a fixed barrier.

Nevertheless, the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system of the Peugeot 308 worked notably better when it came to avoiding being run over by cyclists, obtaining 8.6 points out of a possible 9. For pedestrians, the 308 gets “Adequate” protection while the Opel has to settle for a “Poor” rating.

Standard security systems, where more points lose

The Euro NCAP criteria have been giving more and more importance to the fact of equipping certain safety elements as standard. Thus, we see how the Astra and the 308 points are left because their belt warning device does not have an occupant detector in the rear seats. Nor do they equip AEB to detect pedestrians in reverse. As a result, the Astra and the 308 achieve 66% and 65%, respectively, in the ‘Security Assistants’ section.

The other aspect has to do with the performance of the autonomous braking system from car to car. Neither model passes, earning a “Low” rating of 2.5 and 2.6 out of a possible 6. In most situations they get an “adequate” rating, with several good ones and one poor one (turning onto a perpendicular street with an oncoming car).

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