The damning assessment has been made by the respected Thatcham Research, the independent automotive research centre and voice of the EuroNCAP crash-tests in the UK.
It’s important to mention the European version does not have some of the safety equipment available on the U.S. model, such as the Forward Collision Warning system. In addition, the Euro model was heavily penalized for its lack of rear seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters.
The maximum five-star Ancap score has become the norm for modern cars. So much so that Ancap is constantly looking for ways to toughen its testing.
For its part, Ford says it “worked proactively with Euro-NCAP who then shared the result with ANCAP to assist in providing a result”.
The shock score could bury any chance of the Mustang serving with police forces which shortlisted the Mustang as a potential replacement for Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore highway patrol vehicles.