Fiat Punto fails safety test: Raises Serious Safety Concerns

  • Fiat Punto fails safety test: Raises Serious Safety Concerns

Fiat Punto fails safety test: Raises Serious Safety Concerns

The Fiat Punto is the first vehicle in Euro NCAP history to score zero stars.

Jagaur F-Pace comes with features like advanced safety technology such as Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, as standard, which can detect a collision risk with cars or pedestrians in the road ahead and automatically apply the brakes.

Punto got good crash-test results when launched in 2005.

Matthew Avery from Thatcham Research, which plays a pivotal role in Euro NCAP assessments, told Auto Express that while the Punto is not a risky vehicle: "Given its £11,000 starting price, in terms of pound-per safety, it's not a good buy".

"Yes this is essentially an old vehicle, but that should have sharpened the focus on fitting safety technologies to counteract its dated crash performance".

Perhaps the biggest news - and an illustration of how much stricter safety standards have become - is that the venerable Fiat Punto is the first auto ever to be given zero stars in the tests.

The Punto was not alone in the re-rating blitz, though, with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, Toyota Aygo, Opel Karl, and DS3 all dropped to three stars under the latest criteria.

Several all-new cars got full five-star ratings, including the Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, BMW 6 Series GT and Jaguar F-Pace, while re-testing of some recently-facelifted versions of older models revealed some sub-par results - including a zero-star score.

Mr Avery commented: "This is a tale of two Citroens". The rating is so bad that despite getting zero stars from the NCAP, Google's results page still shows it to have one.

"The DS is a premium brand, but Citroen has made a clear decision with the DS 3, offering AEB as an option only". The SUV has received more than 70 global awards, including the 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year titles.

"It's about decision making - some are choosing to prioritise the fitment of technologies to support drivers and bring down accident rates".

Manufacturers whose cars achieve three-stars have also produced five-star cars over the past year.

The Punto - first introduced in 2005 - was re-examined as part of Euro NCAP's regular reassessment of vehicles as the body seeks to find cars "that are past their sell-by-date where safety is concerned".