Just a few short days ago, the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) published its safety findings for the Chevrolet Trax. The subcompact crossover, which is (sadly) available in every global market except for the United States, scored high marks in all areas of the comprehensive test, earning a maximum five stars overall as well as relatively high scores for the individual subsections that make up the overall grade.
|Overall score:||5 stars (of 5)|
What was unique about Euro NCAP’s test of the Gamma-based Trax, however, was that the organization noticed that the crossover was the “same as the Opel Mokka” (aka Buick Encore). This allowed Euro NCAP to carry over some scores from tests conducted on the very similar Opel, where appropriate. But if and where Euro NCAP’s test methods changed from 2012 to 2013, new tests were conducted. Here’s the Trax, in its crash-testing glory:
As a reminder, the frontal impact test takes place at 64 Km/h (40 MPH) with 40 percent of the width of the car striking a deformable barrier. In the side impact, a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver’s door at 50 km/h (31 MPH), while the pole test involves the car being propelled sideways at 29km/h (18 MPH) into a rigid pole.