Both models missed out on a full five-star rating because they are not fitted as standard with key pieces of safety assist equipment such as autonomous emergency braking and lane keeping assist.
This is despite the Corsa receiving an Euro NCAP advanced reward for its Side Blind Spot Alert system.
Both the 2014 Smart Fortwo and Forfour were also marked down for a lack of safety assist equipment.
These four small cars were at least praised in other areas though – unlike the Dacia Logan MCV, whose passenger compartment suffered “extensive deformation and could clearly not withstand any further loading”. As a result, it was a meagre three-star score for the budget-priced Dacia.
Euro NCAP singled out Dacia for veiled criticism, saying the result “reflects the brand’s aspirations when it comes to safety and driver assistance systems in particular”.
Other cars all brought home full five-star ratings – the list includes:
- Porsche Macan
- Land Rover Discovery Sport
- Lexus NX
- Kia Sorento
- Volkswagen Passat
- Ford Mondeo
- Subaru Outback
The Porsche actually managed to score five stars despite not being fitted with standard autonomous emergency braking, “a feature which is becoming commonplace in many luxury models these days”.
Land Rover’s new Discovery Sport has it as standard and it’s optional on both the Lexus and Kia – proving, said Euro NCAP, that “crash protection and crash avoidance go hand in hand these days”.