The Lancia Ypsilon has scored poorly in the latest Euro NCAP crash tests, receiving a 2-star rating out of a highest-possible result of five stars.
According to the independent safety agency, the Ypsilon offered poor protection to all crucial areas of the rear seat passenger’s bodies except for their neck. The hatchback was also criticized for its lack of active safety features, such as the Brake Control Collision Warning and Active Braking systems that recently helped the Fiat 500X receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The NCAP noted the Ypsilon caught fire shortly after one of the crash tests due to a short in a battery positive terminal. The automaker has looked into the measure and said it will implement a solution before the latest version of the compact goes into production later this month. The model, which rides on the aging Fiat Mini platform, has been in production at Fiat Chrysler’s Tychy plant on Poland since 2011.
A video of the Lancia Ypsilon undergoing full frontal, front offset and side impact crashes in NCAP tests can be viewed above.