ANCAP has awarded a five-star safety rating to the 2020 Ford Puma, the company’s new small SUV, on the basis of left-hand drive model Euro NCAP testing. The result was announced just as the model arrives in Australia.
Following its release into the European market and subsequent testing of the left-hand drive model last year, the locally-specified models of the Puma scored well across each of the four key areas of assessment against the 2019 criteria, according to ANCAP. Those scores were:
- 94 per cent Adult Occupant Protection
- 86 per cent Child Occupant Protection
- 77 per cent Vulnerable Road User Protection
- 74 per cent Safety Assist
In the frontal offset test, the passenger compartment remained stable and dummy readings indicated ‘Good’ protection of the knees and femurs for the driver and front-seat passenger. Similar protection was also provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different seating positions. However, protection of the driver’s chest was rated as ‘Marginal’.
“In both the side impact and oblique pole tests, protection of all critical body regions was Good and the Puma scored full points in both of these tests,” said Rhianne Robson, Director – Communications & Advocacy at ANCAP. “In terms of active safety, the Puma’s autonomous emergency braking system is able to detect pedestrians and cyclists as well as other vehicles, and in these tests the system’s overall performance was rated as Good with collisions avoided or mitigated in most scenarios.
“Lane-keep assist functionality also scored well, with the Puma able to detect dashed and solid line markings as well as the road edge, and provide assistance to the driver to help avoid the vehicle straying from its intended lane or running-off-road.”
Full details on the Ford Puma result can be viewed here.