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MK2 Golf

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MK4 Golf

Head - to - Head Crash Test

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saw something along these lines on 5th Gear or Top Gear. Two brand new cars were crashed into each other, one had an NCAP star rating of 2, the other NCAP 4.

You did not want to be in the car rated at 2, you wouldn't have got out

Its a shocker and although I certainly don't, perhaps peeps should pay more attention to NCAP ratings when buying motors...
 

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Just be thankful we drive round in fairly strong cars. Quite shocking when you look at the damage to the 2 vehicles.
 

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Quote: posted by hornetrider on 27/09/2004 08:56:58

saw something along these lines on 5th Gear or Top Gear. Two brand new cars were crashed into each other, one had an NCAP star rating of 2, the other NCAP 4.

You did not want to be in the car rated at 2, you wouldn't have got out

Its a shocker and although I certainly don't, perhaps peeps should pay more attention to NCAP ratings when buying motors...

Wasn't that the one where they crashed a Renault Espace (new - 5 Star NCAP) into a N or P plate one? Anyway the old one was destroyed, it's driver would have died and the passenger severely injured. The new Espace's people would have got out and walked away. They also had the wrecks of a 2*, 3*, 4* and 5* crashes to compare - I would not like to be in the 2*. My gf watched it and went straight on the net to see what rating her's was - 4* luckily. I now check NCAP when choosing a car.
 

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That's frightening!

Another reason to trade up to a newer model.

What I don't get with NCAP is that the MkV gets one of the best ratings for any category ever (forget where I read it now) but when you look at the dummies the Renault Laguna still gives much better protection - seems to be a lot more green anyway.
 

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Fair enough a high rated car would destroy a low rated one in a head on leaving the passengers ok in the high rated vehicle, what would happen if two 5* cars collided?
 

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NCAP is good, but a bit missleading too! Its about time that they rated all cars on the same scale.

A 5 star small car against a 5 star medium sized car if rated together on the same scale,the small car would only get 2or3 stars.

I know a few peolpe that think their little cars would survive well against the likes of a 5 series bmw, purely because it has a higher NCAP score than the beemer!!
 

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The weight must have a big effect though.

Personally, I am of the old skool thinking that it you are gunna hit something, hit it as hard as you can, without a seatbelt, so as to be "thrown clear"! LOL Much safer!

I believe the railway comapnies use this argument too to explain you are far safer stood up with thirty other people around the bin, rather than them putting an extra carriage on the train!

(God, if you think the Police wind me up, dont get me started on the railways! LOLOL!
 

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I've heard that by including a "you are not wearing you seatbelt" flashing light (as has always featured in the skandinavian cars) adds to some big points in the NCAP ratings, as doe sthe no of airbags and pre-tensioners.
 

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I'd like to see NCAP run their tests for the deformable block at 50 and 60mph. And also the head ons and side impacts up to more realistic impact speeds. Think the results might be disturbing!!
 

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The jist of the test is clear..........two cars of similar class and apparent high quality/solidity come head to head and the result apparently sees the mk2 as weaker.

The mk4 is alot heavier than the mk2 of course.....so you ought to expect the mk4 to come off better....that's physics for you!

BUT

If you drive a mk2 and expect to drive on the road with other mk2's to stay safe, you're mistaken!

Cars are getting progressively heavier due to ongoing increases in safety demands.

Get a heavy car!
 
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