► 2016 Lancia Ypsilon - CRASH TEST | More info
With only 2 stars, the MY16 Lancia Ypsilon disappoints in important areas of the assessment, such as adult occupant protection and safety assist. In terms of safety, the new Ypsilon does little to maintain the legacy of a once famous brand in Europe. Safety critical consumers can certainly find much better choices in this segment nowadays.
The passenger compartment of the Ypsilon remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger dummies. Lancia showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the full width rigid barrier test, no points were scored. For the driver, parameters relating to head injury and neck bending indicated poor protection for both of these parts of the body, and marginal protection of the chest. Protection of the rear passenger dummy was poor for all critical body areas except the neck, protection of which was rated as weak. However, in the side impact barrier test, protection of all critical body areas was good, and maximum points were scored. A side pole test was not performed in this assessment. Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated marginal protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. A geometric assessment of the rear seats indicated good whiplash protection for the occupants of those seating positions. The Ypsilon does not have an autonomous emergency braking system to provide additional whiplash protection.
Note: Moments after the offset frontal barrier test, a fire started in the engine compartment, a consequence of the battery positive terminal shorting out and setting fire to brake fluid leaking from the reservoir. This is a rare occurrence: Lancia had not seen this phenomenon in any of their development tests and are not aware of any real-world cases. Nevertheless, the company has investigated the issue and are introducing a countermeasure into production in early December.
The Ypsilon scored maximum points for its protection of the 11⁄2 and 3 year dummies in the full-scale crash tests. Both child dummies were sat in rearward-facing restraints. In the side barrier impact, both were properly contained within the protective shells of their restraints, minimising the lieklihood of head contact with parts of the vehicle interior. The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward- facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear and the system was not rewarded. All of the restraint types for which the Ypsilon is designed could be correctly installed and accommodated in the car.
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