The ŠKODA KAMIQ has received a maximum five stars in its test by the independent European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). This makes the car maker’s first city SUV yet another model to be counted among the safest vehicles in its class. The KAMIQ did particularly well in terms of protecting adult occupants and cyclists.
Christian Strube, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Technical Development, explains: “The active and passive safety of our vehicles is a top priority for ŠKODA. The fact that the KAMIQ, our latest model, has now received another maximum five-star score in the Euro NCAP crash test shows what a high bar we have set ourselves for the safety of our vehicles and provides another demonstration of how successful our engineering work is in this area.”
The ŠKODA KAMIQ successfully completed the comprehensive Euro NCAP crash and safety tests, achieving a maximum five-star score. The Euro NCAP testers were pleasantly surprised with how well the latest addition to the ŠKODA model portfolio protected adult occupants as well as cyclists. The city SUV scored 96 per cent for the protection of adult occupants in the interior – an impressive results in Euro NCAP history. And testers awarded the KAMIQ the full rating for cyclist protection, reflecting above all the beneficial effect of the Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian and Cyclist Protection and City Emergency Brake function included as standard.
In the event of an accident, the KAMIQ protects its occupants with up to nine airbags, including an optional knee airbag for the driver and rear side airbags. Additional safety features include the Multi-Collision Brake, the optional Crew Protect Assist proactive occupant protection system as well as ISOFIX and top-tether anchor points on the rear seat bench and front passenger seat to ensure optimal protection of small children at all times. Standard equipment for the ŠKODA KAMIQ also includes Lane Assist, while the optional Side Assist alerts drivers to vehicles approaching from behind or in the car’s blind spot. The combined effect of these assistance systems earned the KAMIQ a score of 3.5 out of a maximum of four points.
Like the equally five-star-rated compact ŠKODA SCALA, the KAMIQ is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 platform, which features state-of-the-art safety and assistance systems. This city SUV’s extremely stiff body with its large deformation zones and extremely robust occupant cell ensures superior passive safety, with ŠKODA using an almost 80-per-cent share of high-strength or specially hardened steels in this part of the vehicle.
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 consortium is based in the Belgian city of Leuven. It conducts crash tests with current vehicle models and assesses their active and passive safety. Over the past few years, these tests have become ever more stringent and now comprise various different collision scenarios. While initially based solely on the results of the crash tests, final ratings today give a greater weighting to assessments of active safety systems and driver assistance systems.