The new Ford Mustang muscle car looks menacing and is surely quick and fast. But it seems its European version isn’t as safe as the pony car intended for the United States. This was recently revealed in the latest crash tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
Euro NCAP has already commenced subjecting new vehicles to its 2017 test regime. Among the first vehicles to undergo crash tests were the Euro-spec Mustang as well as the new Volvo S90 and V90. While the Volvo S90 and V90 were both impressive, the Euro-spec 2017 Ford Mustang was a disappointment. According to Euro NCAP, both the Volvo S90 and V90 – with maximum five-star ratings -- were able to exceed the best overall test scores of any model subjected to crash tests in 2016. Euro NCAP attributed these ratings to the fact the Volvo S90 and V90 are fitted – as standard -- with autonomous emergency braking for cars and pedestrians and are offering lane and speed assistance. In addition, the S90 and V90 are now two of the best three Euro NCAP scores. Interestingly, the third one was also a Volvo.
As for the Euro-spec Ford Mustang – in its pre-facelift version – the pony car just managed to earn a dismal two-star rating. This was a far cry from the five-star rating that its American version received from the New Car Assessment Program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration years ago. In addition, the American-spec 2017 Ford Mustang managed to earn satisfying ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which gave the pony car an "acceptable" rating in the small overlap front test, and a "good" rating in the moderate overlap front, side head restraints & seats, and roof strength tests.
According to Euro NCAP, there were concerns about the Mustang crash protection of adult and child occupants and about its seemingly lack of safety equipment. For instance, the front passenger and driver airbags failed to inflate sufficiently. In addition, the Euro-spec Ford Mustang doesn’t have rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters. Euro NCAP noted that the Euro-spec 2017 Mustang was only updated to meet European pedestrian safety regulation, adding that it lacked the Forward Collision Warning system that is fitted in the American version. Euro NCAP’s Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen remarked that Ford did not expect the organization to test the Euro-spec Mustang and had not installed safety technology that is found on its US version.
Ford, however, will soon commence sales of the face-lifted and updated 2018 Ford Mustang in Europe this year. According to Ford, it will feature a number of safety technologies as standard -- like Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keep Assist. As to how safe the Euro-spec 2018 Ford Mustang is, Euro NCAP will find out as soon as the model becomes available in Europe.