The new Skoda Octavia has been awarded five stars in the latest Euro NCAP crash tests.
The Octavia saloon tested scored 93% for adult occupancy, 86% child occupancy, 82% pedestrian and 66% safety assist. This compares to the Volvo V60 which recently scored 94% adult occupancy, 82% child occupancy, 64% pedestrian protection and 100% safety assist.
Euro NCAP awarded top marks for the circumferential occupant protection of adults seated in the front, scoring 93 per cent. The passenger compartment remained stable with the front-seated dummies virtually undamaged after the test.
The new Skoda Octavia is available with a number of active safety systems which include front Assistant with emergency brake function (from May 2013). There is Lane Assistant which keeps the Octavia on-track on motorways or dual-carriageways. Multi collision brakes with automatic brake intervention during an accident, a crew Protect Assistant to safeguard the vehicle in accidents and the Driver Activity Assistant to recognise driver fatigue.
Passive protection includes up to nine airbags, it is the first time that side airbags in the rear and knee-airbags have been available on Octavia, albeit a £400 option with the Crew Protection Assistant Package.Published 6 March 2013