Once again SEAT has demonstrated its extremely high levels of safety offered by all its models in the demanding Euro NCAP safety tests. On this occasion, the New SEAT Ibiza built in Barcelona on the new MQB A0 platform again gets five stars; the highest score possible. As such we can proudly declare that the three pillars of the Spanish brand, Ateca, Leon and Ibiza, have achieved the best results possible in Euro NCAP’s safety tests.
This recognition comes shortly after the New SEAT Arona made its first appearance during a presentation event in Barcelona. This is yet another addition to the SEAT range in its biggest product offensive ever, which includes the upgraded Leon, Ibiza, Ateca and the upcoming large size SUV that will be released in 2018.
It’s worth remembering that for a number of months now, all vehicles coming onto the market have been subjected to a greater number of tests, and these tests have become much more demanding. It is for this reason that to achieve five stars in these prestigious and independent safety tests carries much more merit. It’s also worth noting that in order to test child safety protection in a reliable way, crash test dummies are used that simulate children between 6 and 10 years old. Side impact tests or against a pole at 75 degrees are also more severe. Additional frontal impact test against rigid barrier. The amount and kind of dummies used in these tests has increased, as well as the biofidelity in order to reflect real accident conditions in the most objective way.
In each of the sections that make up the Euro NCAP safety tests, the new SEAT Ibiza has achieved excellent results, standing out particularly in the areas of adult occupant protection, with a score of 95%. The results achieved in the areas of child and pedestrian protection as well as safety assist systems are impressive too. The efficiency of the Autonomous Emergency Braking System (Front Assist) stand out in particular in safety assist area. By using a Radar technology in conjunction with an evolution of ABS and ESC, it not only senses and acts when it detects other vehicles but also pedestrians. Taking all of this into account, this allows the car to brake in the safest and quickest way.
Euro NCAP safety tests are much more demanding since 2016 not only in active safety but also in passive safety. As regards the latter, the new SEAT Ibiza now has pretensioner and load limiter seatbelts not only in the front but also in the rear door seats. This brings many benefits to the response to the most demanding challenges in adult and child safety as the pretensioners reduce the looseness of the belt around the torso and pelvis of the occupant at the moment of impact, guaranteeing the best form of restraint for both adults and children. The Isofix and Top Tether fixing points in the rear seats come as standard in the SEAT Ibiza, as well as speed limiter, third rear headrest, advanced seat belt warning system for all seats and 6 air bags. And combined with Adaptive Cruise Control and the double clutch DSG, the SEAT Ibiza can come with Stop&Go, a system that brakes and accelerates when moving in traffic.
The New SEAT Ibiza goes beyond the current Euro NCAP standards offering: Hill hold control, Automatic lights-on, Multicollision Brake, Tire pressure monitoring system and Day Time Running Lights as standard.