The all-new, 2018 Ford Fiesta subcompact car has been awarded a 5-star safety rating from the Euro New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) – the highest rating possible – after demonstrating strong adult (87-percent) and child (84-percent) occupant protection in crash testing. The redesigned B-segment car achieved a maximum score in side-impact testing, and high scores in frontal-impact and side-pole tests.
Contributing to its performance in Euro NCAP testing is the new Ford Fiesta’s use of 36-percent more boron steel to lend extra strength in critical structural areas – areas like the upper section of the B-pillar, which features a new T-section to help channel more crash energy from side impacts into the roof. The door cross sections are new for 2018, too, and have been designed to help better protect against side-impact cabin intrusion. In addition, all models contain pressure sensors located in the doors that send a signal to activate restraint systems milliseconds sooner in the event of a collision.
Being able to withstand an impact is good, but even better is the car that can avoid an accident altogether. To that end, the redesigned Ford Fiesta offers driver aids like Adjustable Speed Limiter and Lane Keeping Aid, as well as an enhanced version of Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.
“The latest Euro NCAP safety standards are more stringent than ever, with new emphasis placed on technologies that can help drivers avoid accidents,” says Ford Europe VP of Product Development Joe Bakaj. “Fiesta can now help steer drifting drivers back into lane, and can monitor the road ahead up to the length of a football pitch – helping drivers detect and avoid hazards for safer journeys.”
The 2018 Ford Fiesta is Ford’s first-ever vehicle to have benefited from Finite Element Analysis computer-simulation crash testing, which models how the body structure and safety systems will behave when subjected to impacts in the real world.