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As I predicted, Dacia Sandero achieved 4 NCAP stars with the 2013 model.


Sandero gets four-star NCAP score
  • Dacia beats expected Euro NCAP rating
  • Four stars, with 80% score for adult protection
  • Chevrolet Trax and Renault Captur get five stars

The Dacia Sandero has achieved a better-than-expected four-star rating in the latest batch of Euro NCAP safety tests.

The Romanian-built supermini, which sits on previous-generation Renault Clio technology, had been widely tipped to receive three stars in the tests, which include ratings for adult and child occupants, pedestrians and safety assistance systems.

However, the Sandero scored 80% for adult protection and 79% for child protection - enough to overturn poorer ratings for pedestrian impacts (57%) and safety systems (55%) and deliver a four-star overall rating.

By comparison, the current Ford Fiesta manages five stars and scores 91% for adult protection, 86% for child protection, 65% for pedestrian impacts and 71% for safety assistance systems.


Dacia Sandero has managed to score 4 stars during the latest Euro NCAP crash tests, while the Nissan Evalia has received a total of 3 stars.

The safety specialists at Euro NCAP have recently tested the new generation of the Dacia Sandero, which managed to score 4 stars out of a possible 5. The Adult Occupant protection stands at 80 percent, the Child Occupant at 79 percent, the Pedestrian Safety at 57 percent and the Safety Assist at 55 percent. There are several problems in the adult occupant, where in the frontal impact, there is a marginal protection of the chest, and in the rear impact, there is also a marginal protection. The vehicle tested was a 1.2 base.

If things looked quite bad for Dacia's Sandero, Nissan wishes the Evalia would be in the same spot because the model has scored only 3 stars. There is a 68 percent in the Adult Occupant protection, 81 percent in Child Occupant, 67 percent in Pedestrian Safety and 55 percent in the Safety Assist. The frontal impact test seen a marginal protection on the driver's torso and legs and there is a marginal protection, again, on the neck, in the rear impact whiplash. The model tested was a 1.5 dCi full trim.

Dacia Sandero, Renault Captur and Chevrolet Trax all tested by Euro NCAP

Euro NCAP has just released its latest batch of test results, with the Dacia Sandero scoring a four-star overall crash test result, improving on the previous model's three-star score.

The Sandero scored 80 per cent for adult safety, with Euro NCAP docking the car points for its performance in the side pole test and the whiplash test, which simulates the car being hit from behind.

The car also scored well for protection for child occupants, with a 79 per cent result.

The Sandero was let down by a 57 per cent score for pedestrian protection, as the leading edge of the bonnet was found to offer poor protection, while the car's 55 per cent score for its safety assistance systems reflects its lack of an electronic speed limiter or rear-seat seatbelt reminders.

Despite its four-star score, the Sandero lags behind the latest Clio, which scores a full five stars, including 88 per cent for adult protection and 99 per cent for its safety assistance systems.

Euro NCAP also tested the new Renault Captur, which is based on the Clio, and the Chevrolet Trax. Both models scored a five-star result, with the Trax scoring an impressive 94 per cent for adult crash protection, and the Captur becoming Renault's 15th car to achieve a maximum Euro NCAP score.

Adult occupant
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Dacia showed that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, protection of the chest was adequate and that of the other body regions was good. However, in the more severe side pole test, dummy readings of chest compression indicated weak protection of the chest. The seat and head restraints provided marginal protection to the front seat occupants against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end impact.

Child occupant
Based on dummy readings in the dynamic tests, the Sandero scored maximum points for its protection of the 18 month dummy, sat in a rearward-facing restraint. Forward movement of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward-facing restraint, was not excessive in the frontal impact. In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained by the shells of their restraints, minimising the likelihood of dangerous head contact with parts of the car interior. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not clear and the system was not rewarded.

The bumper scored maximum points for the protection offered to pedestrians' legs. However, the front edge of the bonnet offered poor protection to the pelvis area. In those areas where a child's head might strike the bonnet, adequate protection was offered but it was mostly poor in the areas likely to be struck by the head of an adult.

Safety assist
Electronic stability control is standard equipment and passed Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is provided for the front seats but no system is available in the rear.

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Thanks ionutzzz and antavi.

With my son turning 18 months this week I was genuinely worried about the safety rating (which comes up in most reviews). We didn't want to scrimp if it meant endangering our boy. This is a big relief.

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God bless him we say here
U should know that all dacias have 5 stars rating on child protection and 4 in adult protection
The overall figure on the old version was from the lack of esc syst as standard in the car that they used on the test

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Thought this might make interesting reading for those decrying the Dacia range on its NCAP ratings. It's the test of the new Suzuki Baleno.

As was the case with the Duster and Sandero, it lost points not due to any fundamental flaw, but due to the non-fitment of a load of EU Nanny-State gimmickry designed to protect stupid, incompetent drivers from their own lack of skill.

Looking at the actual video, it seems to be one toughly-built little car. Yet look at the knee-jerk comments below.

While I firmly believe Euro NCAP is generally a force for good in driving the car industry to improve safety, what this demonstrates is that perhaps a different, more objective way of grading the cars needs to be found, as this star-rating has become a bit of a farce.
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