The all-new Polestar 2 and Cupra Formentor have both achieved top five-star ratings in the first Euro NCAP safety assessments of the year, says Thatcham Research. As many new car buyers want the best safety features, as well as badge prestige and gadgetry, the NCAP ratings remain an important buying factor.
Established in 2017 by Volvo, Polestar is an independent Swedish electric car brand and Cupra is a similar spin-off by SEAT, which is in turn part of VW-Audi Group. The good news is that the first model from the new performance car brand to be tested against Euro NCAP protocols has safety firmly embedded in its DNA. Scoring highly across all categories, with 92 per cent in Adult Occupant Protection and a stand-out 80 per cent in the Vulnerable Road User assessments, the Polestar 2 is a vehicle that is “fit for the future”, according to Matthew Avery, Thatcham Research director of research and Euro NCAP board member:
“It’s great to see a vehicle from an emerging brand like Polestar perform so well in our safety assessments. Polestar should be applauded loudly for keeping safety high on the agenda, despite everything the pandemic has thrown at the automotive industry over the past year.”
Contributing to the Polestar 2’s strong Vulnerable Road User score was the inclusion of a pop-up bonnet which deploys should the car impact a pedestrian. Avery comments:
“Typically we don’t see pop-up bonnets on electric vehicles, as there is no hard engine structure to worry about. However, there are still a number of structures within the bonnet that could cause fatal injuries to a pedestrian.”
The pedestrian airbag is something that Volvo have been making on their petrol and diesel cars for some years now, watch the video below;
The Polestar 2 is also designed to accommodate Over the Air Updates, which can wirelessly improve the performance of a number of functions, including it’s safety technologies. The high performance electric coupe has a claimed range of 292 miles, a top speed of 127mph and is manufactured in China. It starts at just under £50,000.