Earlier this year, Euro NCAP - which rigorously assesses the safety of all new cars sold in the United Kingdom and other European countries - scrutinised the Ford Mustang and gave it a low score due to numerous identified issues.
The facelifted Ford Mustang is available to order in Europe and the United Kingdom from July 2017; no date has yet been set for its SA launch, but we are assured that it will have all the safety upgrades when it does arrive in South Africa.
Both the new Volkswagen Arteon and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport have notched up full five-star ratings, as has the Alfa Romeo Stelvio - the firm's first road-going production SUV managed to score 97 per cent for adult occupant protection.
The SEAT Ibiza stood out for its high level of standard safety equipment. The new features fitted as standard from this month's production include: Pre Collision Assist (with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking) and Lane Keeping Aid. The Ibiza not only comes with standard-fit AEB but also Pedestrian AEB - which is proven to reduce vulnerable road user deaths. The latest Honda Civic missed out on a five-star score though, with an underperforming rear curtain airbag knocking it back to four stars.
The safety performance of the vehicle was appalling, as the muscle auto scored just 2-stars during the testing.
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These changes have earned the Mustang an extra star from Euro NCAP, meaning it now has a three-star overall rating.
The performance of the Seat Ibiza contrasts with that of the Ford Mustang, which only scored three stars.
"While a three-star rating is unexceptional, the updates Ford have introduced have not only made Mustang's safety better in key areas but also show that the company cares about its customers and safety reputation".
"In just a few months, Ford has responded to improve on the initial low safety rating given to the Mustang", said Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research, Euro NCAP's United Kingdom centre.