The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Good protection was provided to all critical body regions of the passenger dummy. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. Land Rover demonstrated that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different statures and those sat in different positions, whose knees might strike the dashboard at different locations.In the side impact test, the Discovery Sport scored maximum points with good protection of all body regions. In the more severe side pole test, protection of the chest and abdomen was adequate and that of the other parts of the body was good. The protection provided to front seat occupants against whiplash injury was good; for rear seat occupants, it was marginal. The Discovery Sport is equipped as standard with ‘Autonomous Emergency Braking’, a system that automatically applies the brakes if a collision is imminent. The system works at the low speeds typical of city driving and helps to reduce injuries, including whiplash.
The Discovery Sport scored maximum points for its protection of the 11⁄2 year dummy in the dynamic crash tests. In the frontal impact, forward movement of the head of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward-facing restraint, was not excessive, although neck forces were marginally high. In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained within the protective shells of their restraints, minimising the risk of head contact with parts of the vehicle interior. The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. All of the child restraints for which the car is designed could be properly installed and accommodated in the Discovery Sport, including the optional third-row seats.
The bumper offered good or adequate protection to pedestrians’ legs but the front edge of the bonnet showed poor protection in all areas tested and scored no points. The Discovery Sport has a pedestrian-protection airbag under the bonnet. When sensors detect that a pedestrian has been struck, an airbag is deployed from underneath a panel at the base of the windscreen to cover part of the screen and the stiff pillars on either side. Land Rover showed that the system operated robustly for a variety of pedestrian statures and over a broad range of speeds. Therefore, the protection offered to a pedestrian’s head was assessed with the system deployed. Tests results on the bonnet surface were predominantly good or adequate and almost entirely good on the windscreen and windscreen pillars.
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