Euro NCAP: Five stars for four cars - Citroen C4

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Citroen C4 gets five-star score
Citroen C4 gets five-star score
• Overall rating: 5 stars
• Adult occupation score: 90%
• Child protection score: 85%
• Pedestrian protection: 43%
• Safety assist: 97%

Adult occupant
Euro NCAP says: In the frontal impact, the passenger compartment remained stable. Dummy readings indicated good protection for the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger, and there were no structures in the dashboard likely to pose a risk of injury to occupants of different sizes or those sat in different seating positions. In the barrier side impact, the chest protection was adequate. However, in the pole side impact the chest protection was rated as only weak, and the abdominal protection was adequate. The assessment for whiplash protection in a rear impact was rated as marginal.

Child occupant
In the frontal impact, forward movement of the head of the three-year-old dummy was not excessive. The 18-month dummy was sat in a rearward-facing restraint that also provided good protection to the head. In the side-impact test, both dummies were properly contained by the protective shells of their restraints. The passenger's airbag can be disabled by means of a switch in the glovebox, allowing a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is presented to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded.

Pedestrian
The bumper area scored maximum points for the protection offered to a pedestrian's lower leg. The front edge of the bonnet, where a pedestrian's upper leg would impact, offered mostly poor protection. The bonnet top where a child or small adult head would impact offered mixed levels of protection. However, the protection offered to adults was extremely poor over the entire area.

Safety Assist
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is fitted as standard to all variants in most European countries. In some countries, ESC is an option on the base specification but standard on others. Sales of ESC as standard equipment are expected to be sufficiently high for the system to be rewarded by Euro NCAP. A driver-set speed limitation device is standard across the model range, as is a front and rear seat belt-reminder system.

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