While the Fabia is sold in Australia as a ‘light’ car, the model is tested as a ‘supermini’ under the European crash safety program.
And due to tougher minimum safety standards from Euro NCAP for 2014 year-model vehicles, the Fabia was the only supermini to achieve a 5-star safety rating from 14 models tested.
The orgnisation said the new Fabia impressed with high levels of occupant protection, including strong results for children up to three years and infants up to 18 months.
Standard safety assistance systems in some markets, such as City Emergency Brake and multi-collision brake (to avoid secondary impacts following a collision) were marked highly, and the Fabia also scored well for pedestrian safety.
Other strong performers for Euro NCAP in 2014 include the Nissan Qashqai as a small family car and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class; which competes as a large family car in Europe, and in a segment where all newcomers scored 5-star ratings last year.
More than half the small MPVs tested by Euro NCAP last year only managed 3-stars, while the Sportsvan scored the maximum five.
“We congratulate those manufacturers whose cars are in our Best in Class list for last year,” Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, said.
“It shows a commitment to offer the highest levels of safety which, nowadays, means active accident prevention as well as top-rate crash protection.”
Skoda’s new Fabia is expected to land in Australia during the second half of 2015.