The new SEAT Ibiza has been awarded 4 stars in the latest Euro NCAP crash safety tests announced on 26th November. The four-star rating places the Ibiza amongst the safest cars in its class.
In accordance with Euro NCAP regulations, the car with the minimum standard safety equipment was tested, in this case an Ibiza 1.2. However, passenger safety equipment on this model is still impressive, with twin airbags and pre-tensioned seatbelts as standard. The Ibiza was subjected to three different tests: frontal and side collision and pedestrian safety. A total of 26 points were awarded for all tests, resulting in a 2-star rating for pedestrian safety and 4-star for frontal and side collisions.
The tough Euro NCAP collision tests involve travelling at 64 km/h (40 mph) into a deformable barrier with impact involving 40 per cent of the front end of the car. In the side impact tests, the car is hit at 50 km/h (31 mph). The new Ibiza scored 12 and 14 points respectively in the tests – impressive results in both cases. Although the Ibiza 1.2 does not have side airbags as standard, they are available as an option and standard in Sport models. A separate side impact crash test was conducted to evaluate these, and in every measured zone the crash test dummy showed a "green" result – the best result possible.
SEAT UK Head of Marketing, Mark McKenna, commented, "The results of the NCAP tests prove what we knew about the excellent level of passive safety offered by the new Ibiza. Our customers can be assured that not only have they purchased one of the best value and most attractive superminis on the market – they have also made a wise choice for safety."Published 2 December 2002