The new Skoda Fabia is now available in the UK and has been awarded the highest score in its class in the 2014 Euro NCAP crash tests – in all four evaluation categories (passenger protection for adults, child safety, safety assistance systems and pedestrian protection). The maximum score was given for the protection of infants up to 18 months. The safety of children up to three years of also received a high rating.
The result breaks down into 81% adult occupancy, 81% child occupancy, 69% pedestrian protection and 69% for safety assist.
This compares to the Volkswagen Polo which also scored five-stars broken down into 90% adult occupancy, 86% child occupancy, 41% pedestrian protection and 71% for safety assist.
New safety equipment includes Front Assistant with integrated City Emergency Brake function as standard from SE specification. This system uses radar to constantly measure the distance to the vehicle in front, and intervenes if the car is too close.
It also features a multi-collision brake, reducing the risk of a subsequent crash following a collision in the road. Furthermore, it now comes with optional Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue recognition), and safety systems including a speed limiter, Hill Hold Control and an electronic tyre pressure monitoring system.
The safety package in the new Skoda Fabia also includes six airbags – front, side and head – protect passengers in combination with five three-point seat belts. A high-strength body and optimised crumple zones form the basis of increased passive safety.
All seven current models in the Skoda model range (from Citigo to Superb) have received the maximum five star Euro NCAP rating at launch.Published 16 January 2015