VIDEO – Fiat Ducato is the safest car to transport in 2022

VIDEO – Fiat Ducato is the safest car to transport in 2022

Euro NCAP has released a list of the best and worst cars on the European market for 2022, based on the assessment of the suitability and performance of crash avoidance systems. The picture that emerges is one of slow but steady improvement, with many passenger cars better equipped than they were a year ago, and systems working better than they were. Manufacturers who have significantly improved their modern cars are seeing significant performance gains and one of them – the Fiat Ducato – will be the first car to receive the highest platinum rating.

Last year, Euro NCAP highlighted the lack of safety equipment on vans. Employed by hauliers and small businesses, these vehicles spend a lot of time on the road and, because of their size and bulk, pose a significant risk to smaller vehicles and vulnerable road users if they are involved in a collision. The new law will force automakers to install evasion systems, which are already widely available in passenger cars, within a few years. At the same time, the aim of the Euro NCAP rating for large passenger cars is to encourage manufacturers to fit advanced systems more quickly.

Euro NCAP has assessed 19 vehicles this year, which represent the majority of commercial vehicles sold in Europe. Only one car was rated ‘Not Recommended’, as opposed to five last year. While the Fiat Talento has been withdrawn from the market, the Opel/Vauxhall Movano is now built on the new Stellantis platform and will receive the bronze medal. The Renault Master also won a bronze medal this year, thanks to small but significant improvements to its acceleration and lane assist systems. Its twin brother, the Nissan Interstar (formerly the NV400), will also receive these upgrades, but it won’t have the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system for now, so it will remain in the ‘Not Recommended’ category.

The Renault Trafic has been redesigned and its safety has improved significantly since the last test. It now has rugged AEB as an option and jumps to the silver medal, making it one of the most improved cars of the year.

New Fiat Ducato however, it is the clear winner, claiming the top spot on this year’s list. The Ducato, which won bronze last year, has undergone major safety upgrades and now has an advanced sensor with AEB for pedestrians and AEB for cyclists, and it passes these tests. With an overall score of 88 percent, the Ducato leaves the competition behind and becomes the first car to be certified platinum. Unfortunately, the other Stellantis cars with which the Ducato shares its platform – Peugeot Boxer, Citroën Jumper (Relay) and Opel Movano – did not receive the same equipment upgrade and remained in lower medal positions than their Fiat counterparts.

Euro NCAP tests cars with standard or optional safety equipment, so the ratings give a good indication of what can be expected from each car. In terms of equipment, little has changed in the last twelve months and safety equipment is still offered as an option.

Euro NCAP Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen said: “We are seeing promising signs that commercial vehicles are being fitted with more advanced safety systems, bridging the gap between the passenger and commercial vehicle segments. Overall, it seems that manufacturers are starting to take safety seriously more weight in this segment and, although there is still some way to go, we are encouraged by the improvements – some modest, some impressive – we have seen over the past year.”