Alfa Romeo Giulietta is the safest compact car in the world
Giulietta has been awarded from Euro NCAP five-star rating and an overall score of 87/100, which perfect result and makes the small Alfa Romeo the safest compact car ever.
Since 2009 Euro NCAP has adopted a new safety scheme , which is composed of four areas of assessment: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian Protection and a new one - Safety Assist. Injury avoidance and mitigation functions, such as seat belt reminder, ESP and speed limiter, are also rated.
The ratings, which Alfa Romeo Giulietta achieved are: 97% Adult Occupant, 85% Child Occupant, 63% Pedestrian Protection and 86% Safety Assist. All this results are enough for the car to have a five-star rating in 2012 when the system will have reached maximum severity.
Giulietta is equipped with all modern safety technologies such as: Vehicle Dynamic Control system, which manages key functions, like Hill Holder, traction control and emergency braking, the MSR system, which prevents wheel locking when the throttle is released, the DST (Dynamic Steering Torque) system, Electronic Q2, which electronically simulates the presence of a self-locking differential, and the brand-new Prefill system, which alerts the braking system that the accelerator pedal has been released, to decrease intervention time and consequently braking distance.
The compact car has been run trough 200 tests on components and subsystems, more than 100 Hyge slide shock test simulations and more than 80 crash tests - frontal impact, side impact, roll-over and shunting, taking various speeds, different types of obstacles and the need to protect occupants, physically very different from one another, into account.
The six airbags come as standard, three-point seatbelts with double pretensioners and load limit limiters and SAHR (Self Aligning Head Restraints).
Last, but not least Alfa Romeo Giulietta has headlamps with Daytime Running Lights that are automatically switched on when the engine is started. This European standard will come into force in 2012. The car also features LED tail lights, which are brighter than conventional bulbs and grant additional safety.