Aygo, C1 and 107 drop to three-star NCAP rating

19 Dec, 2012 4:04pm Jimi Beckwith

The facelifted Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107 have had their Euro NCAP rating lowered to three stars

The facelifted Toyota Aygo and its sister cars, the Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1, have been demoted from a four-star Euro NCAP rating to three.

In the latest round of crash tests by independent test organisation, Euro NCAP, the city car trio were criticised as they had “failed to keep abreast of latest safety developments and standards.”

The Aygo, C1 and 107 scored four stars when they were first tested in 2005, but the facelifted models have been dropped to three as they don't come fitted with side impact airbags and electronic stability control as standard equipment.

Newer rivals such as the Volkswagen up! and Fiat 500 both scored five-star ratings, and the Ford Ka, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10 all scored four stars, making PSA and Toyota’s triplets among the poorest scoring cars in their segment.

In response to Euro NCAP’s verdict, Toyota has committed to fitting a side thorax and side head curtain airbags, stability control, a passenger seatbelt reminder and ISOFIX mounts to the Aygo on cars sold in Europe by July 2013. Peugeot and Citroen have committed to do the same with the 107 and C1 respectively.

Talking about the result, Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General said: “our test protocols have evolved significantly over the past few years. There are more tests and the requirements have become more stringent.”

He added that the Aygo that was crash tested did include the revised safety spec, and said that without it, “the rating would probably have been much worse. Side impact airbags and electronic stability control are standard on many cars in this category and our tests demonstrate how important it is for manufacturers to keep their cars up to date when it comes to safety.

“As our protocols develop, cars last tested many years ago should not be assumed to compare well with more modern vehicles. Consumers should buy cars on the basis that the more recent the star rating, the safer the car.”

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Now that's quite a blow for Toyota and PSA. So far Dacia has been taking all the flak for scoring 3 NCAP stars. That tells us how far the NCAP crash tests have come from a few years ago.

Very interesting. Euro NCAP has been a most valuable development. The only downside and it is a piffling one in relation to the benefits is that a certain domestic garage which took a 2 litre touring car thirty years ago now just takes a supermini!

Couldn't agree more. It would have laziness or greed that stopped PSA/Toyota from including ESP and side 'bags. They would have known what was coming but the accountants said no to modern safety.

Dacia get slated for its 3 star ratings. The new Sandero has yet to be tested but I am more confident it will get 4 stars. A major point here is that Dacia sell their bigger supermini for £2000 less!

You make an interesting observation. Today's cars have indeed bloated beyond recognition. For most needs supermini is quite large enough. However that deos bring us to the rather piffling issue of shrinking garages. Peugeot's 208 is the only car in my observation that has shrunk and Toyota Yaris has to an extent resisted the obesity epidemic. Every other car from Kia Rio to VW Golf is becoming larger and larger.

It is indeed accountants that run the car makers today with the sole aim to cut the costs and increase the profits for the share holders. If it was not for Euro NCAP safety geeks most cars would still be without ABS and ESP. And small cars would create more pollution that lorries. Take VW's Polo for instance. I can't stomach the fact that it's dirtier and heavier than Golf which is a much bigger car. Take Toyota's example: only now they're offering hybrid in small cars. It is indeed money that makes the mare go.

but it cant possibly be less safe than an old one... the rating scores need to be modified the same 5 star system cannot be used permanently, there needs to be more stars so it is easier to compare new and used cars on their safety... this is just getting confusing now... :/

Since way back in the 50's/60's each model when a new version of it was launched has got bigger untill it arrived in the next segment above. This is nothing new and I doubt it will ever stop.

To remain viable and current, Euro NCap appear to want to monopolise safety - what doesn't change in all these years is this: if a car protected people well in 2005, it should do the same in 2012 unless of course the Human anatomy has changed somewhat in that time - of course it hasn't, so I do wonder what will be the next expectation from NCap? Perhaps we should all drive around in bubbles - what they never seem to comment on is how their demands have made cars so cocoon like and bloated that you can barely see out of the tiny windows or gauge where your car ends and the world begins to avoid killing someone...

And most cars can still stop well if driven carefully, you do not need to have ABS unless it's too late and the car has to correct some major failing of the driver. All NCAP does is pander to the liberals who believe that it can never be the drivers fault if either they or a 3rd party dies in a crash - how about vastly improving driver training and testing to make sure that accidents are less likely to happen in the first place?. Driving around in increasingly tank like cars simply makes people more and more complacent as they drive faster and more wrecklessly knowing they will probably walk out alive at the end of it. All this has done is increase the size, weight and cost of cars using more resources such as metal and oils in plastics and has probably done away with many efficiency gains as those engines have lug around more and more weight. A bigger car will cause more damage to another car, so the other car must also be bigger to cope, and the cycle goes on and on and on. Rather than blindly follow NCAP's misleading and self serving strategy, think about what actually causes accidents and your view I'm sure will change.

Exactly! It's pathetic that NCAP are simply trying to remain relevant. The only possible reason a 107 etc may be less safe today is because NCAP has demanded that other cars have gotten even bigger, tougher and meaner. At some point this whole craziness will have to stop otherwise where will it end. Back to basics in my view, make roads and driver training vastly better for a start.

Agree completely! I've had very few mishaps in my extensive driving over the years. Much of this was back when cars had nowhere near the safety kit they have now. Cars that do the braking, parking and who knows what next! Some kit is good but how much more do we need? Seat belts are one exception. Be interesting to hear views on this.

Seat belts of course I agree with, Airbags a little less so, I know old bakelite wheels used to take people's faces off but times did move on, I suspect the real reasons airbags are needed these days is because you can adjust your seating position beyond all possible human need. The number of women I see sat almost touching the steering wheel is silly. I still think Alec Issigonis's view that a car needed good handling, good braking and excellent visibility is the most important thing. No-one talks about avoiding crashes these days, rather, more about how to comfortably walk away when youve had one. I firmly believe that if you have to rely on ABS it means you have either braked too late or you are tailgating - either way it's driver error not car error. Most of the safety kit added to weigh my car down and empty my wallett I will probably never use and nor will any subsequent owner. And my car would a heck of a lot more efficient on petrol without the weight.

Much worse to be an "illiberal" than a "liberal"! I hope I am neither. Nowadays people walk away from incidents that only a few years ago would have left them dead or desperately injured, because of improvements in passive safety.
Similar reactionary sentiments were used against the introduction of safety glass and four wheel brakes in days long before seat belts and airbags. I suspect that good proportion of the middle aged spread affecting many vehicles nowadays can be attributed to the need to build "world cars" and thus accomodate, in more ways than one, the transatlantic market.