Euro NCAP Exam Assistance Systems (2021)
Top BMW iX3, Opel Mokka-e and Toyota Yaris flop
How good are adaptive cruise controls, lane-keeping assistants, and the like in reality? Euro NCAP tested it and found significant differences.
Assistance packages that support drivers especially on the highway have long since reached all classes of vehicles – even in small cars. There is hardly a model that is not available with adaptive cruise control with automatic break, lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking function. But the systems work with different technologies. And therefore also good differently? This is exactly what Euro NCAP has tried to find out in the current series of tests.
Indeed, according to the security establishment, there are clear differences in the quality of the systems. Obviously the best BMW iX3. SUVs benefit from the sensor system that BMW has so far only offered for its electric cars, but not for their X3 counterparts with combustion engines. The Munich resident made a strong impression against this; It is the only one with the rating “Very Good”. Its Driving Assistant Professional system scored the most points in almost all categories. It only has small weaknesses when it comes to driver monitoring and collision avoidance.
Slight weakness in Mach-E and Formentor
with the stronghold The Mustang Mach-E, a competitor to BMW’s electric SUV, comes with a good result. In the field of backup systems, it scores almost as well as the iX3. As far as the pure functionality of its technology is concerned, Ford at least performs above average. It is similar to the Cupra Formentor, which is slightly underpowered in terms of driver monitoring, cruise control and collision avoidance.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is surprisingly weak Pole Star 2 in the Euro NCAP exam. Korean assistance systems work well; The only real anomaly is in driver monitoring. In a situation where the driver does not react at all – eg because he is unable to do so, for example – he especially regresses because of his poor behaviour. In this category, Hyundai is awarded zero out of 25 possible points. The opposite is true for Chinese who have a Swedish gene pool. His systems are not working well. Speed assistance in particular is lacking (2.5 out of 25 possible points). However, Polestar plans to make an over-the-air update soon to improve the assistance systems. Better performance can be expected here in the next test round.
Mokka-e and Yaris with “entry level” systems
With the Opel Mokka-e and Toyota Yaris, two tested models performed poorly. The electric crossover assist systems don’t fail, but they work averagely at best. However, when it comes to eliminating driver errors, Opel has more catching up to do. In addition, just as with the Yaris, the same phenomenon appears here as with the Hyundai: both models do not intervene sufficiently if there is no longer any reaction from the driver’s seat. Ergo: As with the Mokka-e, only Euro NCAP classifies Toyota’s assistance package as “entry level”.
As in the test rounds in 2018 and 2020, Euro NCAP also found significant differences this time in the quality of the assistance systems tested. The BMW iX3 technology is the only convincing in all respects. Poorly rated systems are primarily victims of their inability to adequately handle unresponsive drivers. The points missing here can hardly be compensated for in other categories.
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