In the latest Euro NCAP safety tests, Ford’s small family car received a top rating!
Part of the Euro NCAP test uses a variety of crash scenarios to test the impact it has on drivers and adult passengers.
In the frontal offset test (where a collision occurred at the front of the vehicle on one side)
protection to the passenger's and driver’s knees and femurs was good.
The full-width frontal rigid test showed adequate protection to the chest area, with all critical body parts receiving good protection.
When the Ford Focus was struck from the side, it scored maximum points in protecting passengers and drivers.
Considering the Focus is known to be a small family car, it is important to highlight the impact on young passengers too.
A 6 and 10-year dummy were used, in the same crash scenarios that were tested with the adult dummies, to assess the impact they would have on smaller passengers.
The Ford Focus once again scored maximum points in the side barrier and frontal offset test, receiving good protection to children.
The Ford Focus also includes a front airbag that can be disabled to allow for a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in the front seat, which is perfect for families who have very young children.
Since its last test in 2018, it was evident that the Ford Focus had undergone improvements. The head restraints and front seats had been adapted, which contributed to a good demonstration against whiplash injuries.
Furthermore, if you regularly drive in urban areas, the Focus is an ideal car because the autonomous emergency braking system performed well at low speeds.
Another area of the vehicle which was tested was the impact the bonnet had on vulnerable pedestrians. This area performed well for the Focus, with the bonnet receiving good and adequate ratings. The only area of the bonnet which was poor was the widescreen pillars.
Having said that, the vehicle scored maximum points on protecting the legs of pedestrians if they were struck.
The AEB system was tested again to assess its ability to detect cyclists and pedestrians. This was tested in daylight and in low-light conditions and performed well.
The safety features in the Focus included:
Autonomous Emergency Braking
All these features performed well, and AEB performed well in all scenarios at highway speeds.