Qoros 3 awarded five star Euro NCAP safety rating

26 Sep, 2013 12:52pm Jonathan Burn

Qoros 3 has scored the highest NCAP safety rating of 2013

The Qoros 3 saloon has become the first car from a Chinese-based manufacturer to achieve a five star Euro NCAP safety rating, as well as being considered to be one of the safest cars ever tested by Euro NCAP.

The Qoros 3 saloon scored highly in all four areas of the rigorous tests and its performance has made it one of the safest overall cars tested so far this year. Passenger safety is a particular strong point of the Qoros 3, with the family saloon scoring a 95 per cent adult occupancy and 87 per cent child occupancy safety rating.

Features such as large exterior deformation zones, child seat anchors in the rear and a passenger airbag disconnect switch help the Qoros 3 score so well. Safety has been a traditional weak point for Chinese made vehicles and one of the percieved barriers to their success in Europe until now. Considering that Qoros was only founded as a company in 2007 it is a hugely impressive step towards gaining global market appeal.

Volker Steinwascher, Vice Chairman of Qoros, said: “The safety of our vehicles was one of our key development goals from the start. It’s a crucial demonstration that our customers are the most important consideration and it also says a great deal about the engineering integrity of the car as a whole.”

A new category tested by Euro NCAP this year is an assessment of a vehicle’s safety assistance systems. Equipped with ABS, a stability management programme, electronic brake assist and seat belt reminders the Qoros 3 scored 81 per cent in this category although it lacks some of the Active Safety systems like adaptive cruise control and blind-spot assistant that are becoming the class norm for family hatchbacks.

A pedestrian safety rating of 77 per cent meant, overall, the Qoros 3 was awarded an 88 per cent safety rating, which equates to the full five stars. Due to go on sale early next year the Qoros is expected to be priced at around the  £15,000 mark when it arrives in UK - which could make it an excellent value rival to the likes of the Skoda Rapid and SEAT Toledo.

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