It is the first car produced by one of the top ten car brands to be given a two-star rating since 2008, and means the Mustang scores much lower than its rivals, such as the Audi TT, which earned a four-star rating, albeit under the less stringent 2015 Euro NCAP standards.
Euro NCAP provides consumer information on the safety of new cars, giving them a rating out of five. The overall safety rating was introduced in 2009, based on assessment in four areas: adult protection; child protection; pedestrian detection; and safety assist technologies.
In these areas, the Ford Mustang scored 72% (adult), 32% (child), 64% (pedestrian), and 16% (safety assist).
Thatcham Research, the independent automotive research centre, and voice of Euro NCAP in the UK, said there are concerns about the Mustang’s crash protection of both adults and children, which also makes it unsuitable for having rear passengers.
Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research said, “This really bucks the trend. Car buyers are increasingly benefiting from improved safety functionality and features, and this applies equally to cars in the sports roadster category as to family cars.”
Basic technology, such as autonomous emergency braking is not included on the Mustang, yet is available on other Ford models such as the Fiesta, and Edge.
While the Mustang scored well in less wide-ranging US consumer safety tests, Ford made the decision to only make minor updates to meet European pedestrian safety regulations. For example, in the US, the Mustang comes with a high-tech radar collision warning system, but that’s not available in the UK.