New ŠKODA OCTAVIA scores five stars in Euro NCAP test

New ŠKODA OCTAVIA scores five stars in Euro NCAP test

› Fourth-generation ŠKODA OCTAVIA is one of the safest compact models available

› ŠKODA best-seller awarded an Adult Occupant Protection score of 92 per cent

› 88 per cent score for Child Occupant Protection puts it among the very top performers

Mladá Boleslav, 4 December 2019 – Top marks for the new OCTAVIA: the ŠKODA bestseller’s

fourth generation has achieved a maximum five-star test score in the independent

European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). This makes the OCTAVIA one of

the safest compact models on the market. Its 88 per cent score for Child Occupant

Protection puts it among the absolute top performers among all vehicles tested to date. Its

outstanding overall result continues the tradition of maximum scores for ŠKODA vehicles in

what is the benchmark test for crash safety, following in the footsteps of previous five-star

performers such as the KODIAQ and KAROQ SUV models, the compact SCALA and the


Christian Strube, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Technical Development, says: “We are very

happy with the five-star Euro NCAP test score for the new OCTAVIA. We work hard to take our

vehicles’ active and passive safety to ever higher levels and provide road users with maximum

protection. In recent years, all our new models have been awarded maximum scores in this

benchmark test for crash safety. Preceded by the SCALA and KAMIQ, the new OCTAVIA is the

third ŠKODA model to have achieved this top rating in 2019. The new generation’s comprehensive

safety equipment is once again complemented by numerous assistance systems that were

generally reserved for higher vehicle classes until now.”

The maximum five-star score that the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA COMBI has achieved in the

comprehensive European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) crash and safety tests

also applies to the OCTAVIA saloon. The ŠKODA bestseller’s fourth generation performed

particularly well in the field of Child Occupant Protection. Scoring 88 per cent of available points,

the OCTAVIA achieved one of the best results ever, as did its assistance systems, scoring 79 per

cent of the maximum points available. In the Adult Occupant Protection category, the OCTAVIA

scored 92 per cent of all possible points.

Among the numerous assistance systems available in the new OCTAVIA, the Collision Avoidance

Assist, Turn Assist and Exit Warning are included for the very first time in a ŠKODA. In the city,

Front Assist including Predictive Pedestrian and Cyclist Protection uses visual and acoustic signals

and gentle brake activation to warn of a potential collision, and automatically applies the brakes in

an emergency. Side Assist indicates vehicles approaching from behind or in the driver’s blind spot

up to a distance of 70 metres, effectively helping to prevent accidents on motorways and dual

carriageways. And if, despite the numerous assistance systems, an impact is unavoidable, the

proactive Crew Protect Assist system prepares the vehicle and occupants for the impending headon/

rear collision or roll-over. Up to nine airbags, among them a driver knee air bag and rear side

airbags, protect occupants in the event of an impact. After a crash, the Multi-Collision Brake stops

the vehicle, preventing it from rolling any further in an uncontrolled manner.

The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) was founded in 1997, with its

current members including transport ministries, automobile clubs, insurance associations and

research institutes from eight European countries. The consortium is based in the Belgian city of

Leuven. It conducts crash tests with current vehicle models and assesses their active and passive

safety. Over the past few years, these tests have become ever more stringent and now comprise

various different collision scenarios. While initially based solely on the results of the crash tests,

final ratings today give a greater weighting to assessments of active safety systems and driver

assistance systems.

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