Volkswagen Group experiences a setback as their small cars get downgraded on crash tests ratings: The new VW Up and its sister models Seat Mii and Škoda Citigo, all of which are also available with a purely electric drive, have only been awarded three stars in the new crash test round of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), thus losing two stars from the cars’ 2011 ratings.
Over the last few years, Euro NCAP has tightened its assessment criteria. Euro NCAP explained that the three-star rating for the Volkswagen Group’s small car trio was partly because the AEB emergency brake assistant is no longer part of the standard equipment. The U5 electric SUV from Aiways is also rated by Euro NCAP with just three stars. In contrast, the ZS EV from MG Motor, also an electric SUV, was awarded a full five stars.