Tested under a dual rating system, the higher score was achieved when a £500 upgrade was included, with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) able to function at low and high speeds, but not designed to mitigate pedestrian collisions. It also includes adaptive cruise control and a speed limiter.
For 2016, Euro NCAP has updated its testing procedures to emphasise pedestrian safety, with AEB a major factor in avoiding, or reducing the severity of pedestrian collisions. Radar sensors detect obstacles in front of the car and use predictive software to automatically apply the brakes if a collision is deemed to be imminent.
Euro NCAP’s Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen said: “The Tipo is marketed as a functional car which maximizes value for money. However, to maximise safety, and to bring the car up to the protection levels offered by its biggest rivals in this segment, consumers should not pass over the safety pack.”
Recently launched in the UK, the three-star score appears disappointing for a new family hatchback, with rivals including the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra scoring five stars, however they were tested before the latest testing procedure came into force.