Euro NCAP has published the crash test results for three passenger carrying versions of commercial vehicles, the Ford Tourneo Connect, Mercedes-Benz Citan Kombi and VW Transporter T5.
Though it’s not completely applicable to the light commercial vehicle due to increased safety kit such as side airbags on the passenger versions, Ford will be most satisfied with the result, with the Tourneo Connect gaining a maximum five star rating. The model scored particularly highly for adult occupant protection. Its lowest score was for pedestrian protection (62%).
The maximum rating achieved by the Ford Tourneo Connect follows the five-star safety rating for the larger Ford Tourneo Custom people mover, which remains the only vehicle in its class to earn five stars.
Euro NCAP reassessed the Mercedes Citan Kombi and this time gave it four stars following the disappointing three star result in April, which was largely due to airbags deploying incorrectly.
The Citan Kombi scored 79% for adult occupant protection, 81% for child occupant protection and 56% for pedestrian protection.
Euro NCAP acknowledged that Mercedes had improved the deployment of the Citan’s airbags but a penalty was again applied for a gap between the B-pillar and the front edge of the sliding door, although this gap was smaller than in the original Citan test. Like the Ford, the Mercedes vehicle was praised for providing ESC as standard.
The VW T5 Transporter Kombi scored four stars overall, and 79% for adult occupant protection, 74% for child protection, a lowly 32% for pedestrian protection and 57% for safety assist. Like the Ford and Mercedes models, the Transporter was praised for providing ESC as standard.