Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

After scoring a poor safety rating in 2017, Fiat's 13-year-old Ford Fiesta rival has been taken off sale...

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Darren Moss
08 August 2018

The Fiat Punto small hatchback has been axed after 13 years on sale.

Fiat's rival to the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa had been on sale in its current form since 2005, but last year became the first car in Euro NCAP's history to be awarded a zero-star rating for safety.

The test gave the Punto scores of 51%, 43% and 52% respectively for protecting adults, children and pedestrians in the event of an accident – for comparison, the Ford Fiesta scored 87%, 84% and 64% in the same three tests. But because the Punto offers no modern safety aids, such as lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking or even a seatbelt reminder, it scored 0% in Euro NCAP's fourth category of testing, which is designed to test assistance technology, and therefore gained no stars overall from the testing body.

Fiat currently has no plans to replace the Punto. Instead, the space freed up by the departing model at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' factory in Italy will be used to produce a new, smaller Maserati SUV to sit beneath the Levante.

Our road test of the Punto gave the car a two-star rating, but despite being quite spacious inside, the car had long since been outclassed by more modern alternatives, including our current small car champion, the Seat Ibiza.

What are the safest cars on sale today?

New cars are getting safer all the time. In fact, the number of deaths on UK roads has halved since 1997, and a large part of that success is down to Euro NCAP. Formed in 1996, the European New Car Assessment Programme crash tests every new car on sale in the UK – and awards a star rating based on the four areas it tests.

So, what are the safest cars on sale today? Below, we've listed every new car that currently has a five-star rating from Euro NCAP since 2013 to 2017. We've also indicated which cars receive a five-star rating only when equipped with an optional pack.

A car's absence from this list does not imply that it is unsafe; it may have been launched before 2013, or may not have been tested yet. We've also shown you every car's percentage score for each of Euro NCAP's tests.

The safest cars in the UK – 2013-17

2017

Volvo S90

Adult protection: 95%; child protection: 80%; pedestrian protection: 76%; safety systems: 93%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Volvo V90

Adult protection: 95%; child protection: 80%; pedestrian protection: 76%; safety systems: 93%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

2016

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Adult protection: 98%; child protection: 81%; pedestrian protection: 69%; safety systems: 60%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Audi Q2

Adult protection: 93%; child protection: 86%; pedestrian protection: 70%; safety systems: 70%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Ford Edge

Adult protection: 85%; child protection: 76%; pedestrian protection: 67%; safety systems: 89%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Hyundai Ioniq

Adult protection: 91%; child protection: 80%; pedestrian protection: 70%; safety systems: 82%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Kia Niro (with safety pack)

Adult protection: 91%; child protection: 80%; pedestrian protection: 70%; safety systems: 81%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Adult protection: 95%; child protection: 90%; pedestrian protection: 77%; safety systems: 62%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Peugeot 3008

Adult protection: 86%; child protection: 85%; pedestrian protection: 67%; safety systems: 58%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Renault Scenic

Adult protection: 90%; child protection: 82%; pedestrian protection: 67%; safety systems: 59%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Seat Ateca

Adult protection: 93%; child protection: 84%; pedestrian protection: 71%; safety systems: 60%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Subaru Levorg

Adult protection: 92%; child protection: 83%; pedestrian protection: 75%; safety systems: 68%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Suzuki Ignis (with safety pack)

Adult protection: 87%; child protection: 79%; pedestrian protection: 77%; safety systems: 60%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Toyota Hilux (with safety pack)

Adult protection: 93%; child protection: 82%; pedestrian protection: 83%; safety systems: 63%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Toyota Prius

Adult protection: 92%; child protection: 82%; pedestrian protection: 77%; safety systems: 85%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating

Volkswagen Tiguan

Adult protection: 96%; child protection: 84%; pedestrian protection: 72%; safety systems: 68%

Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating
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