The forfour scored maximum points for its protection of the 1½ year dummy in the crash tests. Forward movement of the head of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward-facing restraint, was not excessive but neck tensile forces were high and the loading on the chest was also marginally high. In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained within the protective shells of their restraints, minimising the likelihood of dangerous head contact with parts of the vehicle interior. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver about the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. All of the restraint types for which the car is designed could be properly installed and accommodated in the car.

The bumper scored maximum points for the protection it offered to pedestrians' legs, with good results recorded at all test locations. The protection offered by the front edge of the bumper to a pedestrian's pelvis varied from poor to good. The bonnet surface was predominantly adequate or marginal, while poor protection for a pedestrian's head was recorded only on the stiff windscreen pillars.

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. smart showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. The chest compression of the passenger dummy indicated a marginal level of protection for that body region in the frontal test. In the side barrier impact, protection of all body regions was good apart from the chest, protection of which was adequate. However, in the more severe side pole test, dummy readings of rib compressions highlighted weak chest protection, although the other areas remained well protected. The seats and head restraints provided good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rearend

Electronic stability control is standard equipment, as is a seatbelt reminder system for the front and rear seats. A driver-set speed limiter is expected to be fitted to most cars sold in Europe, so it was included in the assessment and met Euro NCAP's requirements for systems of this type. A lane departure warning system is also an option but did not qualify for assessment as most cars will not be equipped with it. An autonomous emergency braking system is not available on the forfour.

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