Impact tests, a noble activity of independent research organizations, have one drawback – if they do not change for a long time, automakers will begin to produce cars that perform well in a particular test. And when the test changes, the result can be very sad.
This is evidenced by the latest change to the side-impact test from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS, which produces 80% more power on the side of the tested vehicle than before. The moving obstacle is heavier, weighs 1,896 kg, travels faster, 60 km/h, and its shape is modified to better look like the front of the car.
The first set of tests focused on twenty small and compact SUVs from the Mazda CX-5 to the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kiu Sportage and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to several models not sold in Europe. Only Mazda has the highest rating of “good” and according to David Harkey, president of IIHS, this is how a car should look after a side impact.
On the contrary, two cars received a “poor” rating – the current Honda HR-V, not the new hybrid, and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. In the Honda case, the B-pillar detached from the floor of the car, and after the collision, the chassis crashed into the crew compartment so much that it was in the middle of the driver’s seat.
|Excerpts from the results of the most stringent IIHS side effect test|
|20 Crossover and SUV model year 2021-2022|
||Body structure and protective cage
|Nissan Rogue / X-Trail||Acceptable||Hassan|
|Volvo XC40||Acceptable||On the edge|
|Chevrolet Equinox||On the edge||Hassan|
|Ford Escape / Kuga||On the edge||Acceptable|
|GMC Terrain||On the edge||Hassan|
|Hyundai Tucson||On the edge||On the edge|
|Jeep Compass||On the edge||On the edge|
|Jeep Renegade||On the edge||On the edge|
|Kia Sportage||On the edge||On the edge|
|Lincoln Corsair||On the edge||Acceptable|
|Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross||faintly||On the edge|
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