Citroen eC3 Scores 0-Star Global NCAP Safety Rating | V3Cars

The made-in-India Citroen eC3 was crash tested by the Global NCAP under the ‘Safer Cars For India’ campaign recently. Citroen’s eC3 electric SUV received a disappointing zero star rating in adult occupant protection and a 1-star safety rating for child occupant protection.

Citroen eC3

Citroen eC3 Adult Occupant Protection Score

In the recently conducted Global NCAP test, the Citroen eC3 scored 20.86 points out of a maximum 34 points in adult occupant protection. The frontal impact test concluded the eC3 offered the driver’s and front passenger’s head and neck good protection, but protection to the chest was rated weak for the driver and poor for the front passenger. Protection to the knee was rated marginal for the driver and good for the front passenger. 

The chest showed adequate protection, while the abdomen and pelvis showed good protection in the side impact test. Global NCAP did not conduct the side pole impact test as the Citroen eC3 does not offer side airbags.

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Citroen eC3 Child Occupant Protection Score

The Citroen eC3 scored 10.55 points out of 49 in the child occupant protection test. The child seat for the 3-year-old was installed facing forward using the adult seat belt, and it could not prevent excessive forward movement and head contact with vehicle interior in the frontal crash.

The 18-month-old child seat was installed rearward-facing using the seat belt, and it was able to prevent head exposure during the frontal impact offering almost full protection. However, in the side impact, the head was exposed, which led to poor scores.

Global NCAP Statement

The Global NCAP was critical in its assessment of the Citroen eC3. “This is an appalling result from Stellantis. PSA was once a leader on safety, but now, as part of the Stellantis group, the manufacturer appears to have taken a major backward step,” said Alejandro Furas, Global NCAP Secretary General. “We hope that this apparent negative trend is corrected globally as a matter of urgency.”

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Nikil Jonathan

Nikil's a huge fan of classic cars, especially Italian beauties such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint and the Iso Grifo. His love for cars and bikes originated when he first laid his eyes on a poster of the Ferrari F40 and the MV Agusta F4 when he was just a child. He also loves all things analogue, especially vintage cameras and turntables.


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