The fourth-generation of SKODA’s global best-seller has achieved a maximum five-star score in the independent European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
The results mean the OCTAVIA is one of the safest compact models available to purchase. With a score of 88% for Child Occupant Protection it puts the car among the absolute top performers of vehicles tested to date.Its outstanding overall result continues the tradition of maximum scores for SKODA vehicles in what is the benchmark test for crash safety, following in the footsteps of previous five-star performers such as the KODIAQ and KAROQ SUV models, the compact SCALA and the KAMIQ city SUV.
The OCTAVIA Estate scored the maximum five-stars in the Euro NCAP crash and safety tests, which also applies to the OCTAVIA Hatch. The model performed particularly well in the field of Child Occupant Protection. Scoring 88% of available points, the OCTAVIA achieved one of the best results ever, along with its assistance systems, scoring 79% of the maximum points available. In the Adult Occupant Protection category, the OCTAVIA scored 92% of all possible points.
The new SKODA OCTAVIA comes with a number of assistance systems but three were debuted for the first time for SKODA – these were Collision Avoidance Assist, Turn Assist and Exit Warning.Front Assist including Predictive Pedestrian and Cyclist Protection uses visual and acoustic signals and gentle brake activation to warn of a potential collision, and automatically applies the brakes in an emergency.
Side Assist indicates vehicles approaching from behind or in the driver’s blind spot up to a distance of 70 metres, effectively helping to prevent accidents on motorways and dual carriageways. And if, despite the numerous assistance systems, an impact is unavoidable, the proactive Crew Protect Assist system prepares the vehicle and occupants for the impending head-on/rear collision or roll-over. Up to nine airbags, among them a driver knee air bag and rear side airbags, protect occupants in the event of an impact.
After a crash, the Multi-Collision Brake stops the vehicle, preventing it from rolling any further in an uncontrolled manner.
The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) was founded in 1997, with its current members including transport ministries, automobile clubs, insurance associations and research institutes from eight European countries. The tests are conducted in Leuven, Belgium. These crash tests are conducted with current models and are based to test their active and passive safety. Throughout the years these tests have become more stringent and now test a wide variety of crash scenarios. Although the primary focus may be the outcome of the crash test, the results give a much better assessment of the active safety systems and driver assistance systems.
Christian Strube, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Technical Development, says: “We are very happy with the five-star Euro NCAP test score for the new OCTAVIA. We work hard to take our vehicles’ active and passive safety to ever higher levels and provide road users with maximum protection. In recent years, all our new models have been awarded maximum scores in this benchmark test for crash safety. Preceded by the SCALA and KAMIQ, the new OCTAVIA is the third ŠKODA model to have achieved this top rating in 2019. The new generation’s comprehensive safety equipment is once again complemented by numerous assistance systems that were generally reserved for higher vehicle classes until now.”