The Fiesta is only the second small car this year to have been awarded top marks in crash tests with its standard safety equipment, with the other being the Seat Ibiza.
Despite its five-star mark, Euro NCAP has pointed out that the Fiesta only has automatic emergency braking (AEB) – a crucial safety technology that can apply the car's brakes automatically just before a collision – as an option. Since just 5% of people opt for additional safety equipment when buying a new car, the Ibiza remains Euro NCAP's top-scoring small car.
The Fiesta was one of the first cars to be tested by Euro NCAP when the organisation was launched 20 years ago and crash test footage of that car has been released to emphasise how much safer modern cars are.
Kia's Rio hatchback and Picanto city car both returned disappointing three-star results with their standard equipment. In particular, Euro NCAP said that in its side barrier crash test, the chest of a dummy representing a small child was poorly protected against impact in the Picanto. With an optional safety pack that includes AEB, the Picanto's rating rises to four stars.
The Rio, meanwhile, acheives five stars with its optional safety pack, which again includes AEB alongside lane keeping assistance.
Full 2017 Euro NCAP results
Adult occupant 97% Child occupant 84% Pedestrian 71% Safety assist 60% Overall rating 5 stars
Adult occupant 93% Child occupant 86% Pedestrian 73% Safety assist 58% Overall rating 5 stars
Adult occupant 91% Child occupant 85% Pedestrian 81% Safety assist 59% Overall rating 5 stars
Adult occupant 88% Child occupant 53% Pedestrian 59% Safety assist 58% Overall rating 4 stars
Adult occupant 66% Child occupant 49% Pedestrian 53% Safety assist 27% Overall rating 3 stars
Adult occupant 75% Child occupant 46% Pedestrian 57% Safety assist 25% Overall rating 3 stars
Adult occupant 87% Child occupant 84% Pedestrian 64% Safety assist 60% Overall rating 5 stars
Adult occupant 73% Child occupant 61% Pedestrian 57% Safety assist 29% Overall rating 3 stars
Adult occupant 72% Child occupant 32% Pedestrian 78% Safety assist 61% Overall rating 3 stars
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