SEAT Altea Awarded Five Star Euro NCAP Rating | Part Two

A unique result in its category

The categories in which Euro NCAP awards points are occupant protection (Front and Side Impact Rating), child protection and pedestrian. In these three groups, the Altea achieved the following results:

Occupant Protection 5 stars (out of a possible five)
Child Protection 4 stars (out of a possible five)
Pedestrian Test 3 stars (out of a possible four)

Particularly noteworthy is the Altea’s result in the pedestrian test rating. A total of 22 points and 3 stars means the SEAT has established itself at the top of this category.

Mario Hurtado, in charge of Passive Safety for SEAT emphasised that "the results obtained by the Altea are the fruit of a firm commitment by the brand to guarantee maximum passive safety for each and every one of our products." He added that "the efforts made by the SEAT Technical Centre during the process of developing the car have allowed us to give the Altea a unique position in its category."

Occupant protection: 5 stars

The Altea was evaluated in three different tests: frontal collision (front impact test), side collision with a deformable barrier (side impact test) and side collision against a rigid pole (pole test). The result: five-stars, the highest star-rating possible.

For the tests, Euro NCAP uses models equipped with the minimum offered safety features. In this case they chose the entry-level 1.6 Altea Reference which has as standard driver and passenger front airbags, side airbags and curtain airbags, front seatbelts with pyrotechnic pre-tensioners, rear seatbelts with load limiters, and seatbelt reminder light on the driver’s side.

The Altea scored 14 out of 16 possible points in the front impact test, which involves the car striking a deformable barrier covering not more than 40% of the front width of the car at a speed of 64 km/h.

In the side impact test against a deformable barrier, the model scored full marks: 16 out of 16 with the dummy head protection rated as green, the best possible protection a car can offer its passengers. For this test, the driver’s side of the vehicle is subjected to the impact of a trolley fitted with a deformable front at 50 km/h.

Lastly, the Altea received 2 out of a possible 2 points in the side collision against a rigid pole. This test involved a sideways collision of the car at a speed of 29 km/h with a rigid pole representing a tree.

All in all, this added up to a total of 33 points, equivalent to a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP car occupant safety assessment programme.

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Published 28 November 2004 Melanie Carter

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