Euro Ncap - 20 Years On

Introduced in February 1997 in the face of fierce motor industry opposition, Ncap testing exposed hidden dangers in top-selling family cars, forcing a fundamental rethink in the way vehicles were designed to prevent injuries and save lives. Twenty years on, 9 out of 10 cars sold on the European market hold a Euro NCAP rating.

• The ground-breaking work of Euro NCAP has helped deliver killed and seriously injured car occupant reductions of 182,000 in the UK since 1997
• UK car occupant deaths and injuries down by 63 per cent over 20 years
• Cars ‘safest ever’ with 9 out of 10 cars sold on the European market holding a Euro NCAP rating
• 2,700 deaths and serious injuries in the UK could be saved every year if AEB that can sense both pedestrians and cyclists became standard on every new car
• Consumers urged to ONLY buy Euro NCAP Five Star-rated cars with collision avoidance technology like AEB and Lane Assist systems
• New tests in 2018 to address lane control, pedestrian night-time safety, junction crashes and cyclist protection

To commemorate two long decades of Euro Ncap crash tests, Thatcham research undertook a new study comparing one of the first cars the safety programme tested back in 1997, the Rover 100, with the 2017 Honda Jazz.

To replicate a head on collision, both cars were propelled into a deformable aluminium barrier at 40mph, the results were absolutely shocking.

Thatcham reported “The Rover 100 sustained such serious damage that it would had left its driver and passengers trapped inside with life-threatening injuries”.

As for the Jazz? “Probably bruising”. In other words all passengers may have sustained minor injuries but would’ve walked away from the crash.

“The Honda is a very good performer, especially for a small car,” says Matthew Avery, Director of Research at Thatcham. “It took just 100 milliseconds for the Honda to save its passengers’ lives by doing what it was built to do.”

The number of car occupant deaths and injuries has decreased by 63% since Euro NCAP was introduced in 1997. Its advice: only buy cars with a five-star Euro NCAP rating, such as the Honda Jazz – or another car in the Honda range, for that matter, including the CR-V, HR-V, Civic and Civic Tourer!

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