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Ford Ka+ (Figo Aspire) scores 0 star crash test rating

Written by Nizam Shaikh

The New Car Assessment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin NCAP, that crash tests and reports vehicles for the respective market, based on renowned international methodologies has crash-tested the Ford Ka+ which is also marketed as the Ford Figo Aspire in other international market and awarded the vehicle ‘0’ stars for safety out of a total 5 stars. 

The made in Brazil model of the Ford Ka+ driver and passenger frontal airbags, driver seat belt pretensioner, driver and passenger seatbelt load limiters and driver seatbelt reminder fitted as standard was tested using the Frontal Offset Deformable Barrier, Whiplash Rear Impact, Side Movable Deformable Barrier, Side Pole Impact and Fuel Leakage Detection. The reports of which were published in December 2020.

According to the reports, in the Adult Occupant Protection department, the vehicle offered good protection to the head of the driver and passenger, the neck protection was also rated good on both the driver and passenger, the protection the chest of the passenger was good and the driver was adequate and it was observed that due to dangerous structures behind the fascia the protection to the knees of both the driver and passenger was marginal but Driver tibias showed good protection, and passenger’s tibias showed adequate and good protection. It was also observed that the body shell was rated as stable and able to withstand further loadings but the footwell area was rated unstable. In the side impact test, the good protection was offered to head and abdomen while offering adequate protection to the pelvis, weak protection to the chest. The side pole impact test was not performed due to inadequate side head protection offered on the car as standard. In the whiplash test, the car performed poorly and no fuel leakage was detected in any test configuration. 

The Ford Ka+ is offered with ISOFIX child restraint system anchorage points as standard and in the Child Occupant Protection department, the vehicle scored 9.33%. In the vulnerable road users test (pedestrian protection) the car did not meet regulation UN 127 for pedestrian protection but scored 50.10%. In the Safety Assistance Systems test, the car scored 6.98% as it only comes with Seatbelt Reminder for the driver as standard.