The new SEAT Leon was able to get a five-star rating from EuroNCAP. The testing method has become harder and more challenging in 2020, but the company was able to offer one of the safest cars of the market.
The test presents a moving barrier towards a moving car. This way it assesses the safety of the passengers and evaluates the front and end structures of the car. Overall, the severity of the changes has been increased.
EuroNCAP has focused on the crash prevention and different driver assistance system. It also has some plans for rating the AEB technology. A system will control Driver Status Monitoring systems, as they can detect driver’s exhaustion or distraction. It is considered as a part of the Safety Assist assessment.
Dr Werner Tietz, SEAT’s Vice-President for Research and Development says:
We’re extremely proud that the new SEAT Leon achieved EuroNCAP’s top rating in its different variants – 5-Door and Sportstourer body types, combustion engine and PHEV powertrains-, by excelling through even the reimagined and incredibly challenging safety tests for 2020, a reflection of the emphasis we place on safety, and our openness to integrating the latest technologies, whether active or passive, to achieve this goal
The all-new SEAT Leon is full of different safety assistants. The systems include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Side Assist, Exit Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Pre-Crash Assist, Light Assist and Traffic Jam Assist.
If the Pre-Crash Assist predicts an accident, it can react to the situation 0.2 second beforehand. It tightens the seatbelts, activates the hazard lights, closes the windows and the sunroof.
The new SEAT Leon offers seven airbags as the new standard. Its new standard front-central airbag can prevent any possible head contact between the driver and the front passenger in case of a collision.