Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Volkswagen ID.4: safety and reliability

The ID.4 is the only model here with a Euro NCAP crash-test rating, but all these cars come with a plethora of safety features

Volkswagen ID.4

Of the three cars here, the Volkswagen ID.4 is the only one to have gone through Euro NCAP crash testing yet, receiving the maximum five-star rating. The ID.4 managed a 93% score for adult occupant protection, 89% for child protection and 85% for its safety assist systems.

Autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition and adaptive cruise control are all standard across the ID.4 range. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard, but 1st Edition models like the one we tested also come with a reversing camera, as well as automatic headlights. 

The other two cars have yet to be assessed by Euro NCAP, but both come with a host of safety features. The Hyundai especially is excellent in this area, with Level 2 autonomous driving capability, which is ideal for long motorway journeys. The Ioniq 5 also comes with lane-keeping assistance, plus automatic emergency braking, seven airbags and even a system that prevents the rear doors from opening if it detects an oncoming car.

Meanwhile all Mach-Es come with lane-keeping assistance and lane-departure warning, as well as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, evasive-steering assistance and pre-collision assistance, with active parking assistance the only extra you get by upgrading from a Standard Range to an Extended Range model.

All three are too new to have been in the hands of owners for very long, so there’s no data on each model’s long-term reliability. However, in the 2020 Driver Power survey, Hyundai ranked best, in 13th position, followed by Volkswagen in 19th and Ford in 24th – all out of 30 brands.

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